What is it?

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. It is an effective, natural, and increasingly popular means of treating and preventing disease through the application of needles to the body. This form of health care takes the Traditional Chinese holistic approach to treating and preventing illnesses.

How does it work?

In theory, when healthy, an abundant supply of “qi” or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of qi channels throughout the body). The blocking of meridians can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather, and environmental conditions. If the flow of qi in a meridian becomes blocked or is in short supply, then the body fails to maintain balance and harmony and becomes sensitive to illness and disease.) In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that this qi is made up of 2 contradictory forms called Yin and Yang. Illness and disease are said to be the result of the unbalancing between Yin and Yang caused by factors acting on internal organs and manifesting themselves at certain points. Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the view of holism, also considers the influence of seasonal and climatic changes on the human body. For example, in summer, Yang-Qi goes to the exterior of the body, leading to relaxation of the skin and muscles. In winter, since it is cold, Yang-Qi hides in the interior of the body, leading to closing of the skin and little sweating. When climate changes rapidly, it can often exceed the adaptive ability of the human body, resulting in a failure to correspond to the changes of the natural environments, causing and unbalancing of Yin and Yang, in turn sourcing illness and disease.

Acupuncture itself is a very simple procedure administered by inserting very fine, sterile needles into the acupoints along the different meridians, the pathways of energy. These needles clear energy blockages and encourage normal flow of qi through the individual. To achieve the very best results, the method of treatment used and the selection of acupoints must be based on proper diagnosis and treatment principles, according to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is specificity of acupoints with regard to curing or aiding illness and disease. The Yin and Yang imbalance needs to be corrected with precision in order to truly make an effect.

Benefits

Acupuncture has many benefits, including pain-relief, treatment of chronic ailments, assists in the prevention of disease and illness, and aids in maintaining well-being. It is recognised by the World Health Organization as having successfully treated disorders including neurological conditions (headaches, migraines), stroke, paralysis, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, digestive system disorders, urogenital disorders, gynaecological and obstetric disorders, skin conditions, eye conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, sporting injuries, psychological conditions, insomnia, drug addiction, migraine/headaches, post-operative pain, and can aid smoking cessation and weight loss. This is because acupuncture encourages the body to release endorphins, effectively easing symptoms of pain and discomfort.