The use of fine needles to bring the systems and functions of your body back into balance
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through a patient’s skin at specific acupuncture points around the body. These acupuncture points are then stimulated to illicit a specific therapeutic response to help alleviate imbalances within the body natural function. By helping bring the body back into balance when in a state disease or disharmony, your own body’s powerful ability to heal itself is bought into play bringing you back into a state of health.
What happens in an Acupuncture Session?
After the Acupuncturist has diagnosed your condition and looked at the root cause of the problem, appropriate acupuncture points are chosen for you treatment. Very fine sterile single use needles are then used to stimulate the acupuncture points to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
You generally feel a tap or light pinch as the needle is introduced to the body. This only lasts for a millisecond and once through the skin you don’t feel much at all. You may feel a little prick if the needle cones in contact with the outer wall of a blood vessel but this are only brief and the acupuncturist will redirect the needle or the blood vessel will be pushed out of the way. Once the Acupuncture Point is reached the Acupuncturist will use the needle to stimulate and activate the point at which time you will feel a dull radiating sensation.
Where does Acupuncture come from?
The medical system of acupuncture has a history dating back almost 5,000 years in China. Although other traditional cultures may have employed something similar, China has refined and developed the system over thousands of years to what it is today. It came about as a by-product of hundreds of years of medical practitioners’ observations and refinements of understanding the human system, its physical structure, its functional abilities, and the links between emotional activity, aspirations, thought, and the larger environment.
What is an Acupuncture point?
These are points on the body that, if stimulated correctly, can produce certain therapeutic affects and actions throughout the body. Acupuncture points used in a treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted symptom. These points have been grouped and categorised according the meridian they are located on and according to their therapeutic effects and actions. Modern research has verified these therapeutic effects within certain conditions leading to their recognised by the World Health Organisation.
What is Acupuncture Needle like?
They are very fine needles varying in thickness and length. The thickness of a needle can be from 0.18 of a mm to 0.35 of a mm so very small especially compared to a hypodermic needle you might be used to from a doctor.
What are the points called and how are they located? Acupuncture points are other called by their Chinese name of by combining the name of the meridian or channel they fall on with a sequential number given to the Acupuncture point. An example of this would be PC6 the 6th point on the Pericardium channel. There are 12 main meridians/channels on the body which are mirrored on each side run up or down. The points are located on the body through the use of bony landmarks and through measurements called a Cun which are relative in size to the individual patient’s body.