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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine used to alleviate pain.

Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that uses the stimulation of acupuncture points located on lines of energy (meridians) that are connected through a network in the body.  It can be used to treat various physical and mental conditions.   

Acupuncture is one of several therapies used in Chinese Medicine.

The foundation of the Chinese Medical system is Qi (pronounced “chee”).  Qi and Blood travel throughout the meridians.  The area where the needles are inserted are called acupuncture points and are generally located near superficial nerve plexuses or divisions, major blood vessels, and are in the vicinity of the lymphatic system; all areas of high energy.

Chinese Medicine is not just about acupuncture; it is considered a complex intervention.  It interprets your signs and symptoms into a comprehensive model taking into account your individualised body type, existing condition, and pathologies.  It uses fine single use needles to balance your qi; either moving energy or tonifying your yin or yang. Additionally offering lifestyle and dietary advice to help you onto your path to homeostasis, or balance.  

Treatments usually take an hour.  In Chinese Medicine we treat the body holistically.  So you will be asked rather comprehensive questions about your condition, general health, family health, and history.  We then will feel your pulse, look at your tongue, and palpate your body.  We accumulate the many signs and symptoms together to provide us a picture of the internal state of your body.  We will endeavour to explain this to you in a way you can understand trying to link the TCM and WM.  And offer lifestyle and dietary advice to help you on your journey to wellbeing.

In addition to acupuncture other tools in the Chinese medicine belt are moxabustion, cupping, guasha and manual therapies such as tuina.

 

FAQ

What does it feel like?

Generally acupuncture does not hurt at all.  The needles are very thin and flexible, not like hypodermic needles.  Most people do not even feel it penetrate the skin.  Once they are inserted we stimulate the Qi.  People report this to have various sensations such as heaviness, tingling, warmth, pulling, a dull ache or a drawing sensation.  Usually people feel a deep sense of relaxation as your body goes into an alpha state to start the healing.  Many people fall asleep.

Afterwards you can feel tired and want to rest, people sometimes report they can still feel the needles working.  It is good to plan a restful night after treatment.

How do acupuncture points work?

How the actual acupuncture points differ from other areas of the body is they have low electrical resistance and high electrical potential compared to other areas of the skin, and have higher CO2 production and more biophoton emissions and better broadcast of acoustic waves.

What will a normal treatment be like?

Treatments usually take an hour.  In Chinese Medicine we treat the body holistically.  So you will be asked rather comprehensive questions about your condition, general health, family health, and history.  We then will feel your pulse, look at your tongue, and palpate your body.  We accumulate the many signs and symptoms together to provide us a picture of the internal state of your body.  We will endeavour to explain this to you in a way you can understand trying to link the TCM and WM.  And offer lifestyle and dietary advice to help you on your journey to wellbeing.