ABOUT TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE
Traditional Acupuncture relies on natural laws and belongs to the ancient Chinese system of medicine. Today, this system has kept great relevance: It states that the health of a person’s entire body, mind and spirit must be taken into account in order to fully diagnose the cause of an illness.
Traditional Acupuncture is effective for both chronic and acute conditions, and has a preventive effect. Many people agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with other types of therapies: For instance, it can be useful in counteracting the side effects of aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.
By calling on the body’s own healing mechanisms, the benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better sleep and appetite, as well as an enhanced sense of well-being.
How does it work?
Generally speaking, Traditional Acupuncture works by adjusting the flow of Qi, (or vital energy) in the body. Qi is all the basic metabolic, physiologic, hormonal, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of our lives. Where Qi is blocked, there are problems. Where Qi flows smoothly, there is wellness.
Treatment consists of inserting thin needles into the body along various acupuncture channels, aiming to improve the flow of Qi through the whole system. There are around 500 acupuncture points on the body. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, these areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.
Other treatment modalities
As well as needles, and based on the kind of condition you have, I may be using the following methods during your treatment:
- Cupping therapy is used to stimulate Qi, usually locally. It is usually used on the back . It is excellent for muscular problems and interestingly helps to expel coughs and colds. It can cause localised bruising but the process is not painful.
- Moxibustion: Moxa is a dried form of the herb “mugwort”. It is used either directly on the skin or in the form of a moxa stick held over the skin. It helps to gently warm and stimulate the flow of Blood and Qi.
- Acupressure massage consists of using finger pressure to mobilise the Qi and relieve stagnation/ pain. Ideal for those who are not keen on needles but still need help to cope with their aches and pains!