an ancient system of healing which has been practiced in the East for thousands
According to traditional Chinese Medicine, our health is dependent on the body’s vital energy, known as Qi, moving smoothly through a series of channels beneath the skin. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, including emotional states poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, poisons, trauma and infections. By inserting fine needles into specific points along the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance and harmony.
What are the benefits?
Acupuncture is very effective in treating a wide variety of conditions and disorders, both acute and chronic. It can be used alongside conventional medicine and other complementary therapies. Many people find that the treatment also leads to increased energy levels, improved sleep, greater relaxation and a sense of overall wellbeing. Some people come for treatment to strengthen their constitution, or because they fell unwell without having a defined condition.
What can acupuncture
The World Health Organisation has identified the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:
• Digestive disorders, such as constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and indigestion
• Respiratory disorders, such as asthma, hay-fever, bronchitis, sinusitis, coughs and colds
• Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
• Circulatory disorders, including high blood pressure
• Neurological and Muscular disorders, such as headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica arthritis, facial paralysis, rheumatism
• Skin conditions
• Psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia
• Addiction, such as smoking, alcohol, drugs or food
What happens in
During diagnosis you will be asked about your current symptoms, previous treatments, medical history and overall state of health, including your sleep pattern, digestion, diet and emotional state. Your pulses will be felt and your tongue looked at. Once a diagnosis has been made the appropriated points are selected. Sometimes the points may be warmed with a smoldering herb called moxa. Massage (TUINA), and cupping are also used, particularly for musculoskeletal problems. Your initial visit will last for 11/2 hours, subsequent visits will last about 1 hour.
Does it hurt?
Some people would like to try acupuncture but don’t because they assume it will be painful. In fact, as the needles used are much finer than those used for injections, only a slight prick is felt as the needle goes through the skin.
Is it safe?
Edith Heidelberger is a member of the British Acupuncture Council BAcC. All members must observe a Code of Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene to protect against transmission of infectious diseases. Only sterile disposable needles are used.