Acupuncture is one of the oldest, drug-free medical treatments that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques. Very fine needles are inserted through the skin to varying depths at Acu-points to stimulate or balance Qi and affect therapeutic responses in the body. Other techniques include using heat (moxibustion), pressure, suction (cupping), or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the Acu-points
What does Acupuncture do?
Acupuncture works on the bodies’ energy (Qi) through a complex system of energy pathways (Jing Luo). The Qi circulates throughout the body, reaching every bodily tissues and organs. When Qi flows freely, the body is balanced and health prevails. If Qi becomes blocked, stagnated, or weakened, it can result in physical, mental, or emotional illness. Acupuncture aims to promote and increase the flow of Qi in the body to relieve chronic pain and health issues.
What is Acupuncture used for?
The World Health Organisation has compiled a list of about 40 symptoms, disease processes, pathologies, traumas, and conditions that have been proven to be effectively treated with acupuncture. The conditions often respond well with acupuncture are:
Pain: low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, knee pain, arthritis, postoperative pain, dental pain, etc.
Neurological: headache, migraine, post-stroke, Bell palsy, neuralgia, Trigeminal neuralgia, Meniere’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, tinnitus.
Musculoskeletal: Sprains and strains, sport injuries, muscle cramps.
Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, cough, sore throat, common cold.
Gynaecological & Obstetric: PMT, period pain, Induction of labour, correction of malposition foetus, morning sickness, Infertility.
Psychological: depression, stress, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks
Digestive: gastritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhoea, constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome
Others: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Immune system disorders, hypertension, hypotension, poor circulation, adverse reaction to chemotherapy and radiation