What is Acupunture?
On the most basic of levels, acupuncture can be described as
the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific acupuncture
points in order to influence the function of the body.
There are points in order to influence the function of the body.
There are approximately 365 acupoints on the body, most of which
have a specific energetic function. The choice of acupuncture
points varies from patient to patient and from the treatment and
relies on very careful diagnosis of different kinds.
The theory behind Acupunture
One of the most important concepts of Chinese Medicine is that
of natural balance. From this idea of balance arises the fundamental
theory of Yin and Yang. According to this theory, life takes place
in alternating rhythm of Yin and Yang.
Day gives way to night, night to day; a time of light and activity
(Yang) is followed by darkness and rest (Yin). Yin/Yang is a constant,
continual flow through which everything is expressed on the one
hand and recharged on the other. They are an inseparable couple.
Their proper relationship is health; a disturbance in this relationship
When such a proper balance of force exists, the body has achieved
a healthy circulation of the life force Qi. In Chinese Medicine
it is theorised that the human body has a natural of Qi through-out
it. Qi travels through the body along channels called 2meridans.
Qi flows constantly up and down these pathways, and when the flow
of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced, or interrupted, Yin and Yang
become unbalanced, and illness may occur.
Acupuncture works by allowing Qi to flow to areas where it is
Deficient and away from areas where it is Excess. In this way,
acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance
of the body.
What can Acupuncture do?
Acupuncture can treat people who have no labelled complaint,
but who, nevertheless, feel not right as evidence
by physical, mental or spiritual distress. Acupuncture diagnosis
goes to the root cause of the problem and does not focus on individual
symptoms or physical symptoms at the expense of mental or spiritual
There are two different types of acupuncture, TCM (Traditional
Chinese Medicine) acupuncture focuses primarily on signs and symptoms
while Five Element acupuncture works by treating a person at all
levels, particularly mind, heart and spirit. In this way it helps
a person move into harmony with themselves, their emotions and
their life as a whole.
Acupuncture can also treat many chronic complaints or symptomssuch
as allergies, arthritis, asthma, back pain, rheumatism,
migraines, the consequences of stress, depression, dizziness,
fatigue, ulcers, menstrual problems, digestive problems,
problems in pregnancy, high blood pressure, skin conditions,
sciatica and indeterminate aches and pains. The line between
these kinds of complaints and those mentioned is not always
Acupuncture can also treat short-term acute problems such
as the common cold, flu, mumps, back sprains, and sports
injuries. These complaints are commonly treated in China,
in outpatient clinics.
Acupunctures role in helping Cancer patients is two fold. Firstly,
it can help reduce or alleviate the many unwanted side effects
if the heavy medication that cancer patient are subjected to,
including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Acupuncture can help
the body to cope with the toxic effects of these drugs, supporting
the bodys system in detoxifying itself.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, acupuncture can play
a vital role in helping patients come to terms with their illness.
All too often the toll that a major illness takes on the mental,
emotional and spiritual level of the patient to heal itself and
can allow a person to move on with their lives after their illness,
making them realise that it is not their illness that defines
them as an individual.
Acupuncture for smoking
Acupuncture has been used successfully for many years in helping
people with addictions. The most common addiction that people
want to recover from is smoking. Acupuncture works by significantly
reducing the cravings that smokers get when they quit, in addition
to reducing the other withdrawal symptoms that are often experienced.
This is achieved by using specific acupuncture points, which
accelerate the bodys ability to detoxify itself. Most people
find this treatment a relaxing and calming experience.
Acupuncture for beauty
In recent years acupuncture has become the foremost treatment
for non-surgical face-lifts. Facial rejuvenation using acupuncture
not only significantly reduces the appearance of fine line and
wrinkles but it can also improve skin texture and colour, in addition
to leaving the client with a sense of calmness and well-being.
As with all beauty therapies, a course of treatment is required
to obtain maximum results.