What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that treats energetic imbalances in the body. It has been practised for over two thousand years, and is a safe, effective to way to treat a variety of acute and chronic ailments.
Qi (Chi) is the vital energy of the body. This energy travels just below the skin through channels called meridians. The meridians connect all of the body’s organs and systems. Problems arise when this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened. When this occurs, imbalances in the body’s various systems become evident. Problems can arise in the nervous system, circulatory system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, reproductive system, lymphatic system and/or genitourinary system. Stimulation of associated acupuncture points on the body helps to restore the smooth flow of Qi and bring harmony to the affected area.
How Does it Work?
Qi normally flows smoothly through over twelve meridians or channels in the body. If a blockage occurs and the Qi is not able to course through these channels, then the entire system can be affected, resulting in pain or symptoms in the body. Acupuncture removes the blockage to restore the flow of Qi throughout the body. It brings the body back into balance and removes the symptoms.
Acupuncture can interfere with pain signals in the body. It increases blood flow to the area being stimulated, enhancing nutrient and oxygen delivery, while aiding in the removal of lactic acid and toxic substances from the area. Acupuncture stimulates the natural healing ability of the body, reduces pain and inflammation, and imparts a general sense of calmness and wellbeing in the person being treated.
Does it Hurt?
Generally, no. Some people may feel the needles as they are inserted and may experience a mild to moderate dull or tingling feeling. Others may feel nothing at all. The needles that are used are extremely thin and are placed in anatomical positions where major blood vessels and nerves are absent.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of sessions varies with each individual and condition. In general, chronic problems will need to be treated longer than acute ones. After the first treatment, some people may notice an immediate temporary improvement, but for long-term effects, at least 4–6 weekly treatments are needed, followed by bi-weekly and then monthly treatments. Eventually, you may only need a couple of treatments a year to maintain the results.
What Can Acupuncture Be Used For?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide array of health concerns, including:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Arthritic pain
- Injuries, including strains, sprains, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, tendonitis, and hip, knee and ankle pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back pain
- Digestive complaints
- Fertility issues
- Skin disorders
- Neurological symptoms
- Menstrual cramps
- Nausea during pregnancy
- Energetic imbalances
- Lack of general wellbeing