What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years;  it approaches each individual as a whole, integrating all systems of the body.  It is an ancient health providing system for health concerns of the modern age.

Who has Acupuncture?
Many people come for acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve pain. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell, but have no obvious diagnosis.  Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of well being.

Acupuncture is considered suitable for people of all ages and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. 

During the consultation...
You will be asked what symptoms you would like treated.  We will ask about all systems of the body to get a full picture of your health. We look at the tongue and use pulse diagnosis to refine our conclusions.  We then select acupuncture points that have actions relevant to your symptoms.   These points will then be needled. The needles are very fine and not normally painful. 

 

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Central to Chinese Medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced "chee"). This life giving energy maintains balance in the body. During ill health or if in pain, the flow of Qi can disrupted.

Qi flows throughout the body in channels or meridians and collects at certain points in the body.  These acu points are used to tap into and affect the flow of Qi.

The use of fine needles promotes movement of Qi, aiding health, relieving pain and promoting good health, naturally.

Although promoting good circulation of Qi is central to a Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist,  recent medical research has begun to explore how the body experiences less pain after having acuuncture.

Read my article for February 2013 Ace Newsletter to find out what rescent western medical research has found on acupuncture and pain releif.