Acupuncture is based on an ancient Chinese healing system that looks at the Qi (energy) flow in the body. When the flow of Qi in our body is disrupted in some way, this can result in the body presenting an ailment or a feeling of general ill health.
Acupuncture treats the body by bringing the Qi back into alignment through fine needles being inserted into the body at specific acupoints. These needles stimulate and enhance the flow of energy through the body, promoting a harmonious flow and bringing balance, harmony and health back into the body.
The list of conditions commonly treated with acupuncture is extensive and includes:
* Allergies / Asthma * Back PainArthritis / Joint Problems * Bladder / Kidney Problems * Constipation / Diarrhoea
* Cough / Bronchitis * Dizziness * Drug Addiction / Smoking * Fatigue * Gynaecological Disorders
* Headache / Migraine * Health Maintenance * Heart Problems / Palpitations * High Blood Pressure
* Immune System Deficiency * Pain Relief * Knee Pain / Neck Pain / Stiffness * Paralysis / Numbness
* Pre-Menstrual Syndrome * Sciatica * Sexual Dysfunction * Shoulder Pain * Skin Problems * Sports Injuries
* Sprains and Strains * Stress / Anxiety * Tendonitis * Weight Control
The location of the points selected, the nature of the problem, the patient’s size and age and the acupuncturist’s style are all factors that will determine how deep the needles actually go. Acupuncture needles are usually inserted from 1/8 to 1 inch in depth. The patient will feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or travelling along the energy pathway.
However the pain level is very mild. During the treatment the patient will need to uncover the area on which they will be worked and will usually lay on a massage table. The number of treatments required for healing varies depending on the duration, severity and nature of the complaint.
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