Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for over 5000 years and is one of the oldest systems of healing in existence.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of acupuncture in the Western world. Now supported by clinical research, it is accepted as a form of healing alongside orthodox medicine.

Our state of health is thought to depend on the balance of yin and yang; these two fundamental forces are at the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The dynamic polarity between yin and yang gives rise to the vital energy called Qi. The Qi flows round the body in channels. When the vital energy is blocked or stagnates the flow of Qi is disturbed; this becomes the basis of illness.

The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include poor diet, over work, lack of exercise (or too much physical exercise), weather conditions. Also emotional factors such as anxiety, anger, sadness and grief. excessive worry.

The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points will free this blockage or stagnation, improve the flow of energy and promote healthiness.

Some conditions which may be helped by acupuncture:

  • Back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis and rheumatism, headaches, migraine, muscle and joint problems, sports injuries.
  • Catarrh, sinusitis, tinnitus hayfever
  • Asthma, bronchitis
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Women's health, menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms
  • Stress related difficulties, chronic fatigue

It is often worth trying acupuncture for conditions which have not responded well to orthodox medicine.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Your first visit
The acupuncturist will need to make a detailed assessment of your health.
You will be asked about your current symptoms and any previous treatment you may have received.
It will be important to find out about the function of your body, for example your digestion, sleeping patterns, lifestyle.
Examination of your tongue and feeling of your pulses on each wrist also provide information on your health status. Once this information is complete, acupuncture points will be chosen to manage your symptoms.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Questions frequently asked
Q Will acupuncture help me ?
A Research has shown that most people gain relief from symptoms with acupuncture. It does not work for all people and all conditions, but frequently good results can be achieved when more conventional treatment has failed.

Q Does it hurt?
A Acupuncture needles are very fine. When they enter the skin the sensation is is like a mild pinprick followed by a dull ache. Many people find the treatment relaxing and sleep inducing.

Q How soon will I notice an improvement?
A Occasionally this can be over a couple of days, but is usually over several days. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. This means that the positive effects of treatment build up over a period of time. You may feel little benefit until you have had a few treatments particularly if the symptoms are longstanding, Occasionally there will be an increase in symptoms for a day or two after treatment. This is considered to be a good sign.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Q How many treatments will I require?
A This is variable. Most people require a course of between 3 to 6 treatments. If you have had symptoms for a number of years, you may require treatment over several months. Your acupuncturist will be able to provide some indication of the number of treatments you will require.

Q Will I need further treatment once my symptoms have settled?
A This depends on what you are being treated for. Some problems can be cured, others can be helped but the symptoms not alleviated completely.

Remember that acupuncture works by restoring balance to your entire body. Not only is your major problem brought under control, but your whole sense of health and well being is improved.

In addition to your acupuncture you will be advised on important health issues such as diet, exercise, lifestyle, and stress reduction. How you manage these factors will also determine the need for further treatment.
Conditions recently treated with acupuncture either with considerable improvement or with resolution of the symptoms:
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Period pains
  • Nightmares
  • Chronic dizziness
  • Poor quality of movement and loss of sensation following stroke
  • Back pain during pregnancy
  • Chronic twitching of the eye

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