What is Acupuncture?
Originally from China, acupuncture has been practiced in the East for centuries. It is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes herbal medicine, massage, Qi Gong and diet.
Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate invisible lines of energy (called meridians) running beneath the surface of the skin. According to Chinese philosophy, our body’s health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy (Qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through these meridians. By inserting fine needles into the meridians a practitioner can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore natural balance.
Many things can upset the balance of the body and disturb the flow of Qi , they include:
- Emotional states
- Weather conditions
- Hereditary factors
- Exercise & rest
Your practitioner will take these factors into consideration when determining the likely causes of your problem.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Although acupuncture cannot help everyone, it can treat a wide range of problems. In 1979 the World Health Organisation drew up the following list of diseases responsive to acupuncture:
- Common cold
- Acute sinusitis
- Acute tonsillitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Menieres disease
- Frozen shoulder
- Intercostal neuralgia
- Tennis elbow
- Facial Palsy
- Low back pain
Clinical experience shows acupuncture can be useful for:
Gynaecological problems such as PMT, painful menstruation, amenorrhoea, menorrhagia, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, dizziness, post viral fatigue, ME, MS, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, stress related illness, skin problems, palpitations, tinnitus, depression , insomnia, etc
Having a treatment
Initial consultation and treatment takes one and a half hours. This involves taking a case history, not only of present problems but any past health problems as well as diet , lifestyle, sleep patterns and emotional feelings.
By analysing this information the practitioner will make a diagnosis and treatment begins.
Treatment may include massage, cupping or moxibustion ( a warming treatment using smouldering herbs) as well as acupuncture.
Chinese herbs may also be recommended. (See RCHM leaflets for detail of this treatment).
Acupuncture needles used are individually packed and are disposed of immediately after use
Patients donating blood will require a certificate from the acupuncture practitioner.
The principle aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of the individual