The science and art of acupuncture involves insertion of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture forms a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is a safe and effective natural therapy and an increasingly popular form of healthcare that is used by a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. There have also been several scientific reports into its efficacy in recent years with the treatment being widely accepted by the medical profession.
Acupuncture provides a holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions. It provides drug-free pain relief, it prevents against disease, and treats the cause as well as the symptoms. It can effectively be used for many ailments, physical and emotional.
The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover and maintain the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Seeing health and illness from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective enables the acupuncturist to treat subtle imbalances. This not only may relieve symptoms but also improve the functioning of the immune system, regulate organ functions and enhance general well-being.
Each treatment consists of a number of fine needles being gently inserted into specific locations according to your specific problems and diagnosis. Only single-use, disposable, sterile needles are used When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.
Needles are inserted either for a second or two or left in place for up to 30 minutes, depending on the effect required. Needle treatment may also be supplemented with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage a smooth flow of Qi.
Alternatively, acupressure massage may be used and is particularly suitable for small children or people with a fear of needles.