This practise has been around for thousands of years. The Chinese believe that disease enters the body due to the disturbance in energy flow or what they call qi, which is meant to flow freely via our blood. Acupuncture uses fine needles to alleviate pain, which allows energy to flow to different parts of the body.
Acupuncture may assist with:
- Digestive function
- Irregular periods
- General well being
- Cancer support
A bit more about Acupuncture
Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, acupuncture stimulates points on the body with the intention of alleviating pain, reducing inflammation, and treating the signs and symptoms that come with health issues. Disease is thought to enter the body due to the disturbance of the flow of energy (qi); by needling specific points, acupuncture aims to releases this qi, allowing it travel via the channels and blood vessels (meridians in Chinese medicine).
Acupuncture is thought to improve the body’s function and natural self healing abilities. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the ancient philosophy that the universe and body are acting as two opposite forces, also referred to as yin and yang. With Chinese medicine and acupuncture, we are able to bring these two forces together, which is said to balance the body for optimal health and well being.
When qi flows freely, the yin and yang to remain balanced; if the qi gets blocked it is thought to cause pain and disharmony which can lead to disease. Acupuncture has been found helpful in the relief of pain, nausea, headaches, insomnia, irregular periods, depression and anxiety, and is also used to support digestive function and other systems in the body.
What to expect in the first visit for acupuncture?
Your practitioner will usually:
- ask a series of questions to gather information about your health history.
- examine your tongue’s shape, colour and coat.
- monitor your pulse.
- conduct a physical examination.
- prescribe a personalised treatment plan
- and discuss possible health fund rebates.
How many treatments for acupuncture?
This differs from person to person.
Some experience dramatic relief after the first treatment.
More complex or chronic conditions may require one to two visits a week for a few weeks.
For acute conditions, several visits may be required.
Other techniques used with acupuncture or on their own:
- Cupping – suction designed to bring blood to the acupuncture point
- Chinese herbs – prepared tablet or granulated form
- Moxibustion – burning herbs held over or applied to acupuncture points.
- Gua sha – a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Gua sha aims to release unhealthy elements from injured areas while stimulating blood flow and healing.
After a session of acupuncture, you will normally feel relaxed and refreshed, but specific responses depend on each person. For instance, some people feel energised, while others feel sleepy. Occasionally, the symptoms may become a little worse before they improve.
What to expect during an acupuncture treatment?
The number of treatments will depend on your condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body; once this balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and no further treatments are necessary.