Acupuncture works to help maintain the body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, the body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in symptoms of pain and illness. Treatment is aimed at the root of the condition as well as the main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving the problem and enhancing feelings of wellbeing. Traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of conditions and is often used in conjunction with western medicine. Increasingly women are choosing to have acupuncture to support them throughout pregnancy, labour and after giving birth.
Methods of treatment
As well as using needles, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners may also use other treatment options to improve the treatment:
For centuries, moxibustion and acupuncture have been combined in clinical practice and are usually termed together in Chinese. Application of ignited moxa is used to warm channels and points, expel cold and induce a smooth flow of qi and blood.
Involves placing vacuumed glass jars onto the skins surface. This suction method promotes the free flow of qi and blood in the channels and is particularly effective for tension in the shoulders and lower back. It works like a deep massage to improve circulation to the effected area.
Chinese nutritional therapy is closely related to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Where appropriate, advice will be given on foods to include or avoid that may benefit or worsen the condition and therefore support the effects of treatment.
Improves circulation, releases tight muscles, encourages the circulation of qi and relieves stiffness and pain.