Acupuncture stimulates access points to the body’s Qi – which is translated as energy or gases – and by strengthening or reducing some of these points, through the painless insertion of tiny needles, the body responds with physical changes. These changes result in reducing the body’s muscle tension and stress, as well as reducing emotional distress and stimulating the immune system.
As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
provides drug-free pain relief
effectively helps in the management of a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
provides management for the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
provides an holistic approach to the management of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
Acupuncture is known to help in the management of a wide range of disorders including:
Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere's disease.
Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, and weight control.
Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
Gynaecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, 'frozen shoulder', and 'tennis elbow'.
Sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
Psychological conditions such as depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
* The disorders above which appear in bold have been recognised by the World Health Organisation (December 1979) as having been successfully treated by acupuncture. The disorders which do not appear in bold above are other common disorders which have been found to respond well to acupuncture.
Extract taken from AACMA website.
What benefits should you expect?
Many patients get almost instant results with reduced feelings of stress, better sleep and increased energy. With regular appointments you will see a noticeable improvement of pain reduction, increased digestion health, sustained energy, fewer headaches, back and neck problems, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
More often than not several problems will be addressed during the course of appointments and so results vary widely from person to person.
How many appointments will you need?
Most patients will be seen several times weekly initially, with fortnightly or monthly follow ups after some resolve in the ailment, but this is a process unique to everyone.
As a chronic illness is defined as an ailment that is persistent and prolonged in nature, it is seen as something that is endured for months, years and even decades by the time a patient has come to try Chinese Medicine. With the right assistance from a consistent support system that oversees all aspects of your health, we endeavor to offer you symptomatic relief within three to five sessions, when coming in with a chronic complaint.
Acute illnesses, injury or surgery recovery and assistance with falling pregnant can take a similar time frame of six to 12 months, as this is ideal for full recovery and optimal health.
Cupping, Guasha & Heat Therapy
As additional therapies, cupping, heat and gua sha (spooning) are all used to produce similar effects to acupuncture, employing different tools and with added advantages. With great benefits and quick results, they also make up part of your individualised treatment.
The focus on wholefoods and good gut health is rising, as the importance of our digestion is finally coming to the forefront as the core issue for conditions such as autism, diabetes, high cholesterol, increasing food intolerances, ADHD, addictions and much more.
With more than 70% of our immune system processes and hormonal influences coming from our digestive system (the stomach, spleen and intestines), food choices are very important for how they play a role in ensuring good health.
Therefore we find it extremely important to discuss all dietary choices with patients and guide as necessary.