Acupuncture is an ancient technique which combines the use of gently inserted fine needles, moxibustion, cupping and Chinese herbs for the alleviation of energy (Qi) imbalances in the body. Common ailments treated with acupuncture are fatigue, muscle aches and weakness, headaches, sexual dysfunction, insomnia and digestive disorders.
Commonly asked Questions on Acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which had been reordered dated back to 3000 years. It has widely accepted throughout the Western world in the past 30 years. Acupuncture is a natural therapy, which has several major benefits:
- Assists in the prevention of diseases.
- Treat both the symptoms and the cause of disease.
- Offers a holistic approach that links body, mind and emotions.
- Provide effectively pain relief.
- Provide drug-free treatment.
- How does it work?
- In Chinese Medicine; the human body is linked to a highly complex electrical circuit, which is an energy flow pathway called meridians or channels. The channels system link and integrate the organs and tissues to make sure that they perform and function well. During physical or emotional stress, external attack or a prolonged unhealthy life style, the balance and strength of energy flowing through the body is disrupted, resulting in discomfort or disease.
Acupuncture can stimulate the effected areas along these channels to restore the balance of the body's energy flow.
What can I expect when I visit an acupuncturist?
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the human body as a united body with mind emotion and spirit. During the initial visit, your practitioner is concerned with all aspects of your health, detailed information. Your family history, occupation and life style are collected along with your subjective symptoms. The practitioner will also use ancient diagnostic methods: tongue and pulse diagnosis to make diagnosis, your treatment will then be tailored specifically for you.
- How much treatment do I need?
- After a careful assessment of your health conditions, your acupuncturist can give you a general idea of how many treatments will be required. The number and frequency of the treatments will depend on several factors, these include the duration, intensity of your present illness, as well as you age, constitution and general health.
- How will I feel during the acupuncture?
- We use very fine needles and most of the time you will feel very little. We organise that you are in a comfortable and relaxed position for the 20-40 minute duration. You may experience electrical sensation running up and down the body with a heaviness or relaxation in the area that has the needle.
- What kind of problems can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used in all kind of disease and conditions.
Respiratory disorders: asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, common cold.
Digestive disorders: toothache, ulcers, gastritis, hyperacidity, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control.
Neurological and muscular diseases: headache, migraine, paralysis, neuropathy, nervousness, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, back and neck pain, arthritis, sciatica.
Cardiovascular disorders: high and low blood pressure, chest pain, poor circulation, muscle cramps.
Urogenital: cystitis, prostatitis, low libido, urinary retention. Kidney disorders, bladder dysfunction.
Genecology problems: all kinds of gynecological and obstetric problems.
Eyes: visual disorders, conjunctivitis, simple cataract and myopia.
Skin: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes, herpes, zoster, acne and dandruff.
Sporting injuries: sprains, cartilage problems, torn muscles and ligament, bruises.
Psychological conditions: depression, emotional disturbance, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
- Can I claim for acupuncture treatment on my health insurance?
Most private health funds now cover acupuncture treatment depending on the plan you have chosen.
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