What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture belongs to a system of medicine called Traditional Chinese medicine that originated 2000 years ago. It promotes the body. Mind and spirit to re-balance self-heal. This is achieved by inserting tiny needles and sometimes applying heat, suction or an electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as Chi or Qi — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

How Does Acupuncture Works?

The Classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy are mapped all over the body. These channels are called meridians and they have governance over our bodily functions and thoughts. The meridians are filled with ‘Qi’ which is a vital life-force. ‘Qi’ can be measured as a minute electrical voltage. We are full of vitality when ‘Qi’ is balanced and reaching all parts of our bodies and minds. When ‘Qi’ is deficient, we experience symptoms such as tiredness and sadness. When ‘Qi’ is in excess, we can experience symptoms such as pain and anger.

How many treatments will I need?

Long standing conditions or injuries might take longer to heal than a recent headache. The body needs time to assimilate each treatment. The space between each treatment affects healing time also. Usually noticeable improvement is observed after 3-4 treatments.

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