How Can Acupuncture Benefit You?
Research has validated the clinical benefits of acupuncture for the use in an array of conditions (including addictions, anxiety, back pain, childbirth, depression, painful periods, fertility - male and female, gastro-intestinal disorders, headache, tennis elbow, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, removing addictions, neck pain, sinusitus, stress and tennis elbow (to name a few!)
The conditions which I consider my 'favourites' for acupuncture are those which I have seen first hand to respond quickly and effectively. These are any conditions related to stress, hormonal, musculo-skeletal, neuro/psychological of origin or pain-related.
These results are probably due to the release of endorphins, neuro-peptides and increased blood flow as a result of acupuncture.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture mechanisms are poorly understood - however it is thought that when needles are inserted into highly conductive acupoints, the cells in the area release bursts of electrons and photons, which are then transmitted along pathways (also know as meridians). These pathways have been studied and shown to comprise of connective tissue which is of high conductive nature (similar to a fiber-optic conduit).
The conductive meridian pathways form a network in the body, where outer distant areas of the body (such as feet) connect with internal organs and other areas of the body. As such, needling an acupoint on the foot can send a burst of energy (photons and electrons - or qi) to the eyes and liver.
The needle's action upon the cells elicit a body response (similar to a foreign substance invading the body) where blood and an immune response will follow. As such, there is increased blood flow, a release of endorphins and immune activating chemicals. Research has shown a cascade of neuro-peptides and endorphins also being released in response to acupuncture.
In all, the overall effect is improved circulation of blood, lymph, nerve signals, a euphoric relaxing effect with a reduction in pain.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy practiced for over 3000 years. It uses fine needles inserted into specific points called acupuncture points, where the qi (vital energy) of the body has been shown to enter and exit the body.
These points have been mapped by the Chinese and in the last 4 decades - electromagnetic research has confirmed their presence.
The Chinese say 'Where there is pain, there is obstruction of qi'.
Did you know that an entire micro-system of acupuncture exists in and on your ears? And that your ears connect to all parts of your body?
Stimulating specific acupoints in the ear can relieve symptoms and correct underlying pathologies.
Identifying and treating 'active' points on ears (ones which are sore, appear different and have a varying bio-electrical state to surrounding points) is the most effective auriculo-acupuncture method.
By inspecting your ears for signs like engorged capillaries, red or white markings, a diagnosis and treatment can be formulated.
Additionally, a skin electrical resistance test using an acupoint detector is effective in identifying 'hot spots' on the ear (requiring treatment).
Ears are particularly effective for treating nerve and psychological related problems, such as pain, addictions, anxiety and poor sleep.
Acupoints in ears can be stimulated by colour, low level laser, needles, electrical micro-current or simply by pressing.
Press needles can remain in ears for 3-5 days, extending their effect.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE GREAT FOR?
If you're experiencing any of these issues, acupuncture could be of benefit to you ...
High Blood Pressure
Ancient, Proven, Effective Therapy
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a saying "Treat the Root and The Branch",
(which means - treat the cause and the symptom.)
What is T.C.M.?
T.C.M. stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine. It includes the use of Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion and acupuncture.
TCM relies on an entirely different approach and philosophy to that of western medicine. It uses the Yin/Yang and 5 Element Theory, which addresses the energetics of the body. Pathologies such as wind-heat, excess fire, dampness, deficiency of qi are some examples of TCM diagnosis.
TCM takes note of the person's emotions, physical build, voice, pulse quality and tongue signs to diagnose the energetic pattern prevailing and prescribes diet, herbs, acu-therapy accordingly.
The Chinese have a saying 'treat the root and the branch', meaning treatment needs to be aimed at both the underlaying energetic cause (root), and at the symptomatic level (branch).
WHAT IS CUPPING AND MOXIBUSTION?
Cupping is a therapy where glass suction cups are placed on the body (usually the back) and either kept stationary or moved over on the skin. This enhances qi, blood, nerve and lymph flow through an area. The therapy is useful for tight, sore muscles and joints, period pain and problems of a stagnation type.
Moxibustion is a pleasant heat treatment using smoldering Mugwort herb over acupoints. It is helpful for pain, poor circulation and cold related conditions.