Acupuncture is a method of treatment that is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system. It has a rich history and has evolved dating back over 3000 years. Although this modality of treatment emanated in China it has been widely embraced by western countries and continues to grow in popularity due to its highly effective clinical values. Acupuncture is now the worlds largest drug free health care therapy and because there are little to no adverse effects from acupuncture it is a great adjunctive therapy to our western medical system.
TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal bodily function and the dysfunction and disease process, its focus of treatment is as much on prevention off illness as it is on treating illness itself. Imbalances in the human body can be due to disease pathogens, injuries, stress, overwork, poor nutrition, weather and environmental conditions as well as other lifestyle factors.
TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction by paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, the general constitution of the person, their pulse and tongue. Chinese medicine regards each patient of having a unique pattern of signs and symptoms that formulate a treatment plan suited to those observations that not only treat the symptoms but treat the root cause of imbalance.
A confidential thorough assessment is carried out on your first visit which will help the practitioner formulate the appropriate treatment suited to your requirements.
We combine both traditional understanding of the body from a Chinese medicine perspective with modern innovations from the most up to date research and from the best clinical practices.
The traditional Chinese medicine systems is based on the flow of energy throughout meridians (pathways) within in the body, each of these meridians are associated with the function of our internal organs and have their own symptomology associated with such when an imbalance of energy occurs, as with all moving and living objects and organisms when there is a dysfunction with the energy supply the said material function will not be optimally i.e. symptoms are present. The meridians work on the same principle of our nervous system i.e. if you get a compression on your sciatic nerve your restrict the electrical balance and function of that nerve and in turn it results in informing your brain that there is a problem by sending pain signals from the area of the sciatic nerve. In that sense if there is a blockage within a meridian it will lead to an imbalance in that meridian and thus lead to the symptomology arising from that organ or meridian.
Acupuncture can treat a broad range of conditions and may also be used to maintain general wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation recognises that Acupuncture is effective in treating over 40 common conditions and disorders. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. These include, but are not limited to, the following.
A shorter list is as follows:
Musculo-skeletal disorders, i.e.: back pain, sciatica, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis;
Respiratory disorders, i.e.: Asthma, Cough, Cold, Flu, Hayfever, Bronchitis, Fever;
Gynaecological disorders, i.e.: Infertility, Irregular or Painful menstruation, PMT, symptoms of menopause, morning sickness during pregnancy;
Emotional disorders, i.e.: Insomnia, Anxiety, Headaches, Stress;
Ear, Nose & Throat disorders, i.e.: Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Ear ache, Tinnitus, tooth ache, Tempero Mandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome;
Gastrointestinal disorders, i.e.: Diahorrea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Stomach pain, gastrointestinal weakness, Constipation;
Urogenital disorders, i.e.: Urinary Tract Infections, Prostitis, Incontinence, Cystitis;
Neurological disorders, i.e.: Post-Stroke neuralgia, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), MS, headaches;
Circulatory disorders, i.e.: Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, Angina
Acupuncture is also an effective Supportive Therapy for Post-chemotherapy and operative nausea, vomiting, pain, and the side effects of medication. It also helps support a person with weight loss or quitting cigarettes.