Acupuncture – a natural way to treat pain

Acupuncture works on a mental, physical and emotional level and can therefore benefit and treat a vast range of different conditions. It is known to help increase energy levels, improve sleep, and enable the body to deal better with stress.

Common conditions successfully treated according to the World Health Organization treated include:

  • Aches and pains – Sciatica, backache, arthritis, headaches and migraines, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
  • Digestive disorders – Abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, constipation, IBS, diarrhoea, ulcers
  • Respiratory disorders – Re-occurring colds and flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, wheezing and coughing
  • Gynaecological disorders – Irregular menstruation, PMT, menstrual cramps, endometriosis, infertility, menopausal symptoms
  • Dermatological disorders – Eczema, acne, herpes and other skin diseases
  • Urogenital disorders – Cystitis, incontinence, urinary retention
  • Mental and emotional – Depression, anxiety, nervousness, stress, insomnia

Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force as qi (Chee) – believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, we believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

The first treatment starts with a detailed consultation, recording past medical history. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your diet, digestion system, sleeping patterns and emotional state.

An integral part of a Traditional Chinese Medicine, treatment includes taking the pulse on both wrists, and having a look at the tongue. The procedures indicate to us your general state of health and allow us to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Acupuncture needles are much finer that needles used for injections and blood tests and are single-use disposable stainless-steel type. They are inserted a few millimetres below the skin at chosen points along the channels of energy. The needles are left in place for at least 20 mins.

The sensation may be either dull or is described as tingling, with the intention of stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism and help restoring and maintaining its natural balance.

Dry Needling is not the same as Acupuncture, Acupuncturists have studied and trained for a minimum of 4 years, so they understand the flow of energy in the body and how to redirect it and relieve pain. Dry needling uses the same needles, but registered Acupuncturist.

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