What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the art of inserting fine needles into the skin at nerve centres, which influence the balance and flow of “Qi” within the body. When needles are inserted, it stimulates the brain to release endorphins and enkephalin painkillers, as well as restore blood flow and range of motion to the painful areas it stimulates.
After a period of time (from a few hours to a few days), the proprioceptive signal gets weak again. Then, acupuncture can be used to “re-jump” the nerve pathway, helping the brain to again activate the sequence of physiological reactions that heal the painful area.
Evidence supports the use of acupuncture for the following conditions:
• Headache (tension type & chronic)
• Migraine prophylaxis
• Anxiety & depression
• Hay fever (seasonal & perennial)
• Chronic low back pain
• Knee osteoarthritis
• Postoperative pain
• Menopausal hot flushes
• Nausea & vomiting (postoperative & chemotherapy induced)
What types of treatment does acupuncture involve?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine includes various therapeutic practices, including needling, moxibustion, cupping, electro-stimualation, gua sha, massage, infrared heat lamp, and dietary advice.
What to expect
Typically, an acupuncture consultation runs for about an hour. During the session, a thorough case history is taken, along with pulse, tongue, and abdomen analysis. Once you’re health pattern is diagnosed, the information is correlated into a treatment plan that is designed specifically to address your health concerns. The number of treatments required for healing varies depending on the duration, severity and nature of your complaint.