What is acupuncture?
The following are a list of some of the conditions treated by acupuncture and Chinese Medicine many which have been researched proofed to have strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture.
> Musculo-skeletal – pain across the whole body,
joint sprains, muscle strain, sciatica, various types
of arthritis, sporting injuries & performance enhancement, post-operative pain, restless leg syndrome, emergency pain relief, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar stenosis, spinal cord injury, whiplash.
> Respiratory conditions – allergic rhinitis, sinus problems, hay fever, common cold or flu, asthma-adults/children, bronchitis.
> Gastrointestinal disorders - constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, post-operative and chemotherapy induced nausea/vomiting, Inflammatory bowel disease haemorrhoids, heartburn and reflux, dyspepsia, post-operative disorders.
> Women’s' Health - irregular or painful periods, fertility disorders, premenstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, labour pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, uterine fibroids, hot flushes in breast cancer, Oocyte retrieval pain relief, PCOS, postnatal depression
> Pregnancy - morning sickness, breech baby, heartburn, elevated blood pressure, oedema, lower back pain, induction and preparation
> Neurological - headaches including migraine, temporomandibular pain, shingles, Meniere’s disease, tinnitus, Bell’s palsy, acute post-stroke and stroke rehabilitation, insomnia, excessive dreaming, Alzheimer’s disease. ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, cancer related; insomnia, neuropathy and psychological disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, vascular dementia or vascular cognitive impairment, sudden hearing loss,
> Metabolic disorders - chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency.
> Psychological disorders - post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, smoking, opiate addiction and detoxification.
> Skin disorders - acne, psoriasis, eczema, scarring, atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin. When this flow of qi is impaired, illness occurs. By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels which blocks any impairment, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness is resolved.
We believe that acupuncture facilitates the meridians and collaterals to allow the life force energy to flow around the body, but they also connect the major internal organs to various tissues and organs on the outer surface (or superficial portion) of the body. This provides the body with an overall organic integrity. When this system is out of balance, the body becomes painful or sick.
Blockages in the flow of qi can manifest as pain, hot or cold sensations, or colour changes in the skin. These signs, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis can help determine which points and channels are most suitable for treatment.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a holistic and complete health care system. Its approach is to uplift the health and wellbeing of the whole body therefore a course of acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of both would be the perfect choice to improve your overall health on top of any conditions/injuries you have! Here at our clinic, we like to combine the best of both East and Western medicine by using acupuncture or Chinese Herbs in association with treatment provided by our podiatrists, physiotherapists or other health care providers such as your GP.