Acupuncture 1st   

TCM  & Natural Therapies   

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About Acupuncture


Acupuncture is a part of TCM that goes back more than two thousand years. It looks pain and illness as signs of the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to rebalance the body, mind and spirit by using fine sterile needles. Acupuncture can help to stimulate the body's own response and ability to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. That means it is a holistic way to heal the whole person.

"Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy." 

The conditions are often seen in the clinic:

  • Anxiety, Allergies, Asthma, arthritis, Back pain, Sciatica, tiredness
  •  Neck and Shoulder pain, Stress, Knee problems, Infertility, IVF support
  •  miscarriage, period problems, IBS Insomnia, Hayfever, Depression, Stroke, bells Palsy.

 

 How does it work? 

A Chinese medicine practitioner or an acupuncturist inserts sterile, disposal fine needles into various acupoints  (pressure points) on the body to relieve particular symptoms such as pain. According to Traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin. When Qi becomes unbalanced, illness results. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons, trauma and etc. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. 

Who has acupuncture? 

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine. 


What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture? 

Traditional Chinese acupuncture is a healthcare system based on principles that go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives. 

How does it work? 

A Chinese medicine practitioner or an acupuncturist inserts sterile, disposal fine needles into various acupoints  (pressure points) on the body to relieve particular symptoms such as pain. According to Traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin. When Qi becomes unbalanced, illness results. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons, trauma and etc. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. 

 

Who has acupuncture? 

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine. 

 

What to Expect?

First we will meet with you to determine your particular needs. We will review your medical history and discuss what you want to achieve with each treatment. Treatment frequency is determined on an individual basis, as each patient has different needs.  We recommend discussing this with your practitioner on your first visit.

The procedure is painless. Tiny, hair thin needles are placed on the body to balance your natural energy.  Depending on your treatment, the needles are left on the body from as few as 10 seconds to 30 minutes.

We will offer you a comfortable environment and compassionate care. Please feel free to contact us today. We would be happy to assist you in improving your state of mind and your health.

 

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on your individual condition. At first your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a 'retuning' session at the change of each season throughout the year.

 

Are there any unpleasant side effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects.  Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting.

Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needlepoint or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles. When it is carried out by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is safe. Serious side effects or complications arising from treatment are extremely rare.