Acupuncture and Acupoints
Acupuncture treats patients using the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilises methods that include needle acupuncture, the heating of acupuncture points (moxibustion), and tuina (a form of massage).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways (meridians) of energy (Qi) carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. These reflect the state of health of the body systems. The acupuncturist adjusts and rebalances these via certain points of the body. There is now considerable scientific documentation to show that these point, the acupoints, have distinct electrical resistance compared to other areas of the body’s surface.
The acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also take a case history of past illnesses, familial tendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient’s health. Each treatment is tailored to deal with the individual needs of the patient. Needles are retained usually between 15 to 20 minutes while the patient is lying comfortably on the treatment table, after which some dietary and or exercise advice may be given. The whole process lasts about 45 minutes.
It is impossible to guarantee how many sessions will be needed to complete a treatment for any given problem (in the same way that a doctor cannot make guarantees). During the first appointment an indicator of how many sessions required will be discussed, as the general state of health of the patient and the seriousness of the problem is ascertained.
The efficacy of Acupuncture is well known for treating muscle and joint pain, back pain, necks, shoulders, elbows, knees, sciatica etc. But its field of treatment is far larger than this. The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture treatment for a wide variety of illnesses.
The list includes:-
- Heart problems.
- Digestion problems.
- Abdominal pain.
- Women’s health issues, PMT, period pain, menopause.
- Insomnia, anxiety.
- Sports performance enhancement.
- Male health.
- General maintenance of health and immunity.
Most new patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture is. However certain stimulus will give a feeling of heaviness, distension or slight tingling around the needle. The practitioner assesses the patient and uses more or less stimulus depending on the sensitivity of the individual.
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Further information on Acupuncture including case studies, etc.
- What is Acupuncture?
- Acupuncture for migraine
- Acupuncture for low-back pain
- Acupuncture reduces anxiety
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- British Acupuncture Council
- Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
- Acupuncture Society
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