What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of Chinese holistic medicine . It is a form of drug free healing with its own unique system of diagnosis and disease identification. Stimulation of precise acupuncture points with very fine stainless steel pins, evokes a known physiological reaction. This assists the body’s own defensive and self healing systems, thus promoting the healing process and maintaining good health.
Chinese Medicine is a widely sought therapy for many conditions which do not respond well to Western medical drugs or surgery. Acupuncture can be used to heal and correct specific complaints, or as a system to fine tune imbalances within the body which may not be so obvious. Many patients interested in long-term health use acupuncture to “stay well”.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organisation has published a list of diseases that respond positively to acupuncture including:
- Upper respiratory tract and respiratory disorders
Sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, tonsillitis, acute bronchitis and bronchial asthma.
- Gastro-Intestinal disorders
Acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, the pain of duodenal ulcers, acute and chronic colitis, constipation and diarrhoea.
- Neurological and Musculo-Skeletal disorders
Bells palsy , headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, post-stroke paralysis, shingles, Meniere’s disease, intercostal neuralgia, neck/arm syndromes, tennis elbow, sciatica, low-back pain and osteoarthritis.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Many people are fearful of needles as they associate them with the injections they have received in the past. Acupuncture pins are extremely fine and there is nothing injected through the needles to cause irritation or pain. Often a sensation of heaviness, numbness or aching can be felt. Most patients report a sense of relaxation or euphoria during or after the treatment. Laser acupuncture can be used for those needle shy individuals.
Is there a risk of infection?
Only single use, sterile disposable needles are used in this centre so that there is no possibility of disease transmission.