What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical treatments in the world. It is a natural and drug free form of healing. Acupuncture provides a holistic approach to health and looks at the root causes of a disease or disharmony as well as looking at the symptoms. Acupuncture is based on the concept that everyone has “Qi” which circulates throughout the body in what are called “Meridians” or “Channels”. When an imbalance of the flow of Qi occurs in the meridians, illness will result. By inserting tiny needles in specific points along the meridians, the natural flow of Qi is restored and in turn, this corrects the internal balance, helping the person to return to full health. Depending on the diagnosis reached, there are several different courses of treatment that may be offered. Along with acupuncture treatment, you may also be offered cupping which is the placing of suction cups on specific parts of the body. This is commonly used for pain and is also very useful for respiratory conditions. You may also be offered moxibustion which is the burning of a herb called mugwort over acupuncture points for the relief of certain conditions.
What is Cupping?
Glass or bamboo cups are placed on the skin, with a vacuum applied to suck out the toxins to the superficial layer, where the body can deal with them more effectively. Cupping also stimulates the lymphatic and respiratory system.
What is Moxibustion?
This is the burning of a herb know by the Japanese as “Moxa”, we call it mugwort and the “Moxibustion” or “Moxa” is done just above the surface of the skin. The herb is either attached to an acupuncture needle or held in a cigar-shaped stick just above the skin. This warms the acupuncture points and encourages the body’s energy Qi to flow smoothly.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Often used as a form of preventative medicine, acupuncture is beneficial in preventing illness from occurring. In fact many people have acupuncture without suffering from any particular ailment. Treatment strengthens general constitution and can correct a feeling of being unwell although there is no actual physical disorder, imbalance or illness in the traditional Western medicine sense. By unblocking the energy channels in the body, people feel de-stressed and revitalised. They often experience a sense of calm and happiness after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can also be beneficial when used alongside conventional medical treatments for both acute and chronic disease.
What can be treated?
The World Health Organisation illness list that responds well to Acupuncture is as follows:
- Back pain
- Bell’s palsy
- Digestive disorders
- Hay fever
- joint pain
- Morning sickness
- Stroke rehabilitation