Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) understands disease as a manifestation of disharmony that may be due to imbalances within the human body or result from imbalances between the human body and the environment. In general, TCM therapy aims at restoring of harmony to the individual thereby addressing both symptoms and restoring of health.
Acupuncture, the most widely known form of TCM therapy in the West, corrects imbalances by stimulating specific points on so-called channels that carry the flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”), a vital form of energy, in the body. According to Chinese medicine theory these channels create a fabric, which unifies the body surface, muscles, tendons, bones and internal organs within an integrated network. Stimulating specific points on these channels in a certain way regulates the flow of Qi like regulating the flow of water when using a tap and helps the Qi flow smoothly thereby reducing any pain-causing blockages and promoting a self-healing response in the body.
What is acupuncture treatment like?
During your initial consultation we will take your full medical history and conduct a physical examination that includes the use of Chinese medicine specific diagnostic methods, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis. This will help establishing a personalised treatment for your specific concerns and selecting the required treatment points. Usually, two or more acupuncture points will be activated by insertion of ultra-fine, sterile needles during each treatment, which lasts about 30 minutes and is often found to be relaxing. Depending on specific treatment needs, the acupuncture treatment may be complemented by infra-red heat lamp therapy or by other TCM treatment options, such as cupping or moxibustion.
Is Acupuncture right for you?
Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of health concerns and people often seek acupuncture treatment for the following conditions:
· Pain (aches and pains of any type)
· Physical injuries (ACC cover accepted)
· Musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, sciatica, “stiff neck”, “tennis elbow”, “frozen shoulder” or carpal tunnel syndrome
· Mental/emotional issues (anxiety, depression, insomnia)
· Menstrual issues (period pain, irregular periods)
· TMJ issues (locked jaw)
· Degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis
If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for you please contact us to discuss your condition and decide on an appropriate treatment option.