Restore The Flow
Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which thin sterile needles are inserted into the body.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well- being.
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is a gentle , therapeutic treatment and non-invasive. A treatment aims to reduce psychological and physiological stress, restore the free flow of Qi, and reestablish health and harmony in the mind and body.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers.
How Does Acupuncture work ?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method we use during an acupuncture session to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure or heat, may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques may include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicine and liniments .
Though the needles are too thin to cause discomfort, your body still responds to their presence by increasing Qi (i.e., localised circulation and immune function). Acupuncture also helps reduce pain, elevate mood, and promote self-healing by stimulating the release of certain neuropeptides and neurotransmitters (including endorphins and serotonin) and downregulating the fight-or-flight response. Routine acupuncture treatment will demonstrate the ability to reduce the symptoms of multiple conditions, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, and migraines along with many other illnesses and conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body.
During a treatment thin sterile needles are inserted into the body.
Most people report feeling minimal pain as the needle is inserted. The needle is inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache. Needles may be heated during the treatment . Some people report acupuncture makes them feel energised . Others say they feel relaxed.
Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:
- The parts of your body that are painful
- The shape, coating and color of your tongue
- The color of your face
- The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist
This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve four to eight treatments over a few weeks. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it’s common to receive four to eight treatments.
During the Procedure
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:
Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don’t feel them inserted at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.
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