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Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is one of the main natural healing methods used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help resolve health issues without side effects. One of the world's oldest medical systems, the use of Acupuncture in Europe and the USA began to spread rapidly during the second half of the twentieth century. Today, it is a widely practiced, safe and effective, natural form of health care, used in Western Medicine as well as by Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Like all TCM healing methods, acupuncture therapy is based on the concept of Qi, the life force or energy which flows around the body and regulates your health. According to TCM theory, disease results if the flow of Qi is blocked. Acupuncture points are located on the meridians through which Qi flows. It works by relieving blockages at key points along the meridians. By enabling Qi to flow smoothly, balance and harmony are restored to your body, giving it the support it needs to prevent health problems and treat illness and disease.

 

Benefits of Acupuncture

As a natural form of healing, Acupuncture has the following benefits. It:

  • provides drug free pain relief
  • treats effectively a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • assists in the prevention of disease and illness
  • helps maintain general well-being

How is Acupuncture Administered?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, disposable, sterile needles, made of stainless steel, into specific acupuncture points sited along the body's meridians. During centuries of clinical practice, the functions and clinical effectiveness of each acu-point or combination of points has been noted. In recent years these actions have been systematically studied and verified by modern scientific research.

 

Acupuncture treats a wide range of disorders including:

  • Gynaecological disorders such as male and female infertility, difficulty with conception, morning sickness, premenstrual tension, painful or irregular periods, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, hair loss and dandruff.
  • Digestive system conditions such as weight control, heartburn, ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, hiatus hernia, flatulence, colitis, constipation, and haemorrhoids
  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back, shoulder and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, gout, 'frozen shoulder', and 'tennis elbow'.
  • Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines and stroke
  • Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
  • Respiratory conditions such as hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
  • Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, kidney and bladder disorders.
  • Eye conditions such as red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis
  • Sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, torn muscles and ligaments.
  • Psychological conditions including: addictions such as smoking.
    depression, phobias, anxiety and nervousness.