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How it Works

Acupuncture traditionalists believe that qi regulates the body’s balance. Influenced by the presence of yin and yang (yin = positive, yang = negative), which are said to govern the universe, acupuncture is believed to maintain a balance between these opposing forces, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi through the meridians and restoring health to both mind and body.

Common Uses

Acupuncture can be used to treat a number of health problems. It is often used to treat painful conditions, including migraines, headaches, tooth-ache and lower back pain, and a wide range of other health issues such as asthma, infertility, gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia, allergies, anxiety, depression and addiction. Some studies indicate that it can also benefit stroke patients and also acts as an anti-emetic following surgery.

The Qi Force

The basis of the treatment is the belief that a certain energy (life force) flows through the human body. This force is referred to as qi (pronounced ‘chi’). Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that there are around two thousand acupuncture points across the human body. These are connected by twelve main (plus eight secondary) pathways known as meridians. These meridians conduct the qi from the body’s surface to the internal organs. Each acupuncture point has a separate effect on the qi that is channeled through it.

Expert's opinion

Experts consider that the acupuncture may in fact have a stimulatory effect on the muscles and nerve tissue, and this explains the benefits felt by many patients following treatment.

Yet another theory posits that pain signals are blocked as a result of the acupuncture and do not reach the brain or spinal cord at one of several gateways.

As most of the designated acupuncture points are located near to or connected to the neural structures, this indicates that acupuncture acts as a stimulus to the central nervous system.

It is also theorised that the acupuncture may stimulate the body to increase its production of endorphins.

What can acupuncture treat?

General:
Anxiety, asthma, arthritis, allergies, backache, belching, palsy, bronchitis, coughs, common cold, chest pain, chronic fatigue, constipation, cystitis, facial paralysis, dizziness, depression, diarrhoea, excessive sweating, gall stones, hay fever, hair loss, headaches, hepatitis, hypertension, flu, insomnia, menopausal syndrome, infertility, IBS, indigestion, jaundice, joint pain, kidney stones, ME, migraine, nervous disorders, overweight, palpitation, paralysis, post viral syndrome, pneumonia, rhinitis, stomachache, stress, stroke, sports injuries, tennis elbow, tinnitus, tiredness, urine infections, varicose veins.

Skin Disease:
Acne, dermatitis, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, shingles, vitiligo, athletes foot.

Addictions:
Alcohol, drugs, smoking.

Is It Safe?

When administered by an experienced acupuncturist, acupuncture is a very safe procedure. Because there are no drugs involved, there are no problems with adverse reactions or potential overdoses.


Acupuncture Points

Once they have made a diagnosis, they will begin the treatment, placing needles on the acupuncture points associated with your condition. Jiang will always talk through every aspect of the process and ensure that you are comfortable throughout.


How Is It Done?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and do not cause the skin to bleed. They are not inserted far into the skin — the depth will depend on the condition being treated. It is normally a pain-free procedure, although some patients may feel a very low level of discomfort.


What Should I Expect?

Our acupuncturist, Jiang Chiang, will first take a full history, including holistic-based questions around diet and sleep. They will then begin to make a diagnosis based on the history plus a physical examination. Depending on your symptoms, this may include an analysis of your tongue, and normally they will pay close attention to your pulse.

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