Acupuncture and its benefits

beautiful woman receiving acupuncture treatmentAcupuncture is based on the belief that energy, known as qi flows through the body's tissues and organs along a network of meridians or energy lines. Our health is dependent on the energy inside the body as it regulates all physical, emotional and mental processes.
This flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected.

Acupuncture points are known entrances to these meridians and using these points, the acupuncturist stimulates the body's own healing response to a particular illness. This helps to restore natural balance and harmony in the body by controlling the flow of qi. A pleasant feeling of relaxation may occur but a heaviness in the limbs can arise. The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, massage, cupping or electro-acupuncture may be used additionally.

Electro Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture (EA) is the stimulation of inserted acupuncture needles with weak alternating electrical currents for therapeutic purposes. EA greatly enhances acupuncture therapy's effectiveness for a broad range of clinical conditions.

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A form of relaxing and gentle heat treatment in which the Chinese Herb mugwort is applied to the body or to the needles and is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body's energy to flow smoothly.

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Cupping Therapy

A therapy using a glass or bamboo jar on the skins surface to promote the free flow of Qi in the body.

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What to expect on your first treatment

For your first visit, a detailed assessment of your condition is taken including indepth questions about your general health and lifestyle, family history, sleeping patterns, stress levels and dietary habits. Your tongue and pulse will be studied to assist with diagnosis and directing treatment. The first appointment usually last approximately 1 to 1 and a half hours.
The acupuncture needles used are sterile, disposable needles so there is no risk of infection.

Depending on the diagnosis reached there are different courses of treatment that may be suitable. Along with acupuncture, you may have:
  • cupping which is suction cups placed on specific parts of the body - this commonly used for pain conditions.
  • moxibustion which is the burning of a herb called mugwort over acupuncture points for the relief of certain conditions.
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You are advised to eat a light snack before you come for treatment. Do not rush and give yourself plenty of time. Acupuncture often makes you feel quite relaxed after treatment. To get the most benefit from acupuncture, it is advised that you avoid strenuous exercise or alcohol after your treatment. This is to allow the body time to restore itself and give the treatment its maximum potential.
If you are on any medications please bring a list of these with you at your first appointment.

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