Acupuncture works on the internal energy of the body, which is called Qi (Chi). Qi flows through the body via pathways called meridians which can be likened to electricity running through wires. Qi can vary in intensity from very strong to very subtle. It is along these meridians where various acupuncture points are located.
Some of the conditions acupuncture is effective for include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial paralysis
- Cold and Flu
- Sporting injuries
- Lower back pain and sciatic pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
- Lack of energy
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Menstrual problems including PMT
- Infertility and gynaecological issues
- Quit smoking
Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has evolved over the last 5000 years. Although Acupuncture originated in China it has now branched into the Western world and is recognised for its wonderful ability to treat many of todays aliments.
Along meridians are acupuncture points, over 500 on the body, with each point having a specific effect. Depending on what is being treated will determine which acupuncture points are selected during a treatment. By stimulating these points with fine needles the quality and quantity of Qi and fluids can be normalised.
Acupuncture treatment may also include moxibustion (which puts heat into the body), Chinese herbs, suction cups, electro stimulation on needles and tongue and pulse diagnosis. An acupuncture treatment takes a holistic approach linking the mind, body and emotions.
Benefits include drug-free pain relief, assisting and preventing disease, treating the cause as well as the symptoms and effectively treating a wide range of common ailments.
The number of treatments you may require varies from condition to condition and from person to person. The factors which will have an influence on this include – the duration and intensity of your present disorder, constitution and individual circumstances such as your personal health goals. These are all taken into consideration in you becoming healthier through acupuncture.