Originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a proved a preventative way of treating most ailments. The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as an effective form of treatment. Used for ear, nose, and throat disorders, eye disorders, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous system and muscular disorders etc.
The essence of the treatment is to improve the overall wellbeing of the patient. As well as the treatment of specific symptoms. Asthma, sinusitis, colds and flu allergies have all shown to be alleviated by treatment. Also sexual dysfunction, infertility, PMS, menopausal symptoms, morning sickness, arthritis. In fact all kinds of pain, headaches, insomnia, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, sports injuries, sciatica, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, anaemia, oedema. Including anxiety, depression, hyper and hypothyroidism, addictions, smoking, weight loss, skin disorders and many others.
The Flow of Qi
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body called acupoints. The needles are sterile, stainless steel and disposable. The flow of Qi in the body influences health both physically and mentally. In combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response. Which help’s restore its natural balance.
The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person. It is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Restoring the mind body and spirit.
According to the theory of Chinese medicine, the human being has 14 meridians or channels. They form a network that carries and passes all information and Qi (energy) in the body. Qi can enhance, improved and nourished the body. Pressure points along the meridian point can become blocked and cause illness. Acupuncture can release these blocks.
To adjust and repair these switches and to bring the energy flow under control, and thus cure illness. Practitioners apply sterile, single-use needles to pressure points to repair these switches. Acupuncture is virtually painless. However, as a rule, it is better to produce a little sensation to achieve improvement. Sensations often felt with acupuncture may include: itchy, achy, numbness, tingling, heat, electrical, or heaviness, but some people feel nothing at all. Oddly enough, many people find that Acupuncture makes them feel relaxed and happy.
Acupuncture can run alongside with Massage, Moxibustion and Cupping. After treatment, patients will feel relaxed or even slightly sleepy. So it is not advisable for patients to undertake anything strenuous for a few hours afterwards.
It is largely a safe treatment. There are, however, some fairly simple pieces of advice for anyone seeking acupuncture.
Attend Local Registered Acupuncture treatment centres. Registered for the purposes of providing acupuncture by their local health authority. This means that you will be given disposable (once only use) acupuncture needles for your treatment and there will be no danger of cross-infection occurring between patients so you will not run the risk of picking up diseases like hepatitis.
If you are on anticoagulants (drugs that thin the blood), it is probably best that you do not have acupuncture. There are, furthermore, certain specific acupuncture points that should be avoided in pregnancy, although acupuncture, in general, is a very safe and effective treatment during pregnancy for both early morning sickness and pain.
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