SOME FACTS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE

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Originating in China over 5000 years ago acupuncture has been embraced all over the world due to its proven effectiveness. Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and may help to treat illness, pain relief, prevent disease and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems as it promotes the body’s ability to naturally heal itself. Our clinic provides specialised acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Greytown, South Wairarapa to assist with your health and wellbeing.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE FEELS

Prior to acupuncture treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Different sensations such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. Most people comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing.

Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are flexible and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncturist to place a needle with little or no sensation.

In some cases it is not necessary to use needles at all. For example, when treating young children, infants or sensitive adults, there are other techniques including acupressure, which are equally effective. If you have a fear of needles, discuss it with me. An appropriate treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.

BENEFITS

Since acupuncture promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself, most conditions may be corrected or improved significantly. Also, acupuncture is a comprehensive system of preventive health care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture is well-documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic. For example, many athletes have discovered that acupuncture treatment helps them to achieve optimum performance levels. And recently, acupuncture detoxification treatments have been recognised as a valid form of therapy for chemical dependency problems. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as a system of health care that works.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS

Recently science has determined that human beings are made up of complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years.

Energy circulated throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which therefore influences the health of the entire body.

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual.

TYPES OF TREATMENTS

Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. We also use cupping, moxibustion, Swedish and Tuina massage, nutritional counselling, specific therapeutic exercises and Chinese herbal medicine.

SAFETY

I only use high quality pre-sterilized, disposable needles.