What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture patient with needles in shoulder to treat shoulder pain

Acupuncture explained

Acupuncture has its roots in Eastern philosophy and practices. This treatment stimulates self-healing and promotes health. From an Eastern perspective, when energy is flowing freely around the body, balanced health is maintained. This energy is called Qi (pronounced chee) and flows in pathways called channels.

When Qi is blocked or stagnant, there is an energetic imbalance causing ill health. At certain points on the body, this energy can be manipulated and the smooth flow restored. Most commonly Acupuncturists do this by placing fine needles in specific points at a particular depth on the body. Energetic flow can also be restored using different techniques such as Moxibustion, Cupping & Gua Sha.

Different styles of Acupuncture

Different styles of Acupuncture are practiced alone or in combination. A fully qualified Acupuncturist will be able to talk about their Acupuncture training, the style or combination of styles they practise and the benefits and differences between each style. I trained in Traditional Acupuncture focusing on 5 Element and 8 Principle theory and also Japanese style and Muscular Skeletal needling. I currently integrate Scalp and Distal Acupuncture into my practice as I find these styles produce very effective results.

Acupuncture is evolving

In recent years Acupuncture techniques have been popularised by Western clinicians. The practice has been adapted and evolved to incorporate knowledge of Western anatomy, physiology and more recently Neuro-physiology. This is called Western Medical Acupuncture and sometimes ‘dry needling’. This style can be effective in treating many conditions.

Healthcare insurance schemes such as BUPA and PPP recognise Acupuncture treatment and may pay for a course of treatment. Please check the details of your policy with your health care provider.


Acupuncture needles in packet with blue holders and some loose

What are the needles like?

The needles used are ultra-fine and are nothing like hypodermic needles used by doctors or the dentist. The needles are sterile, single-use and disposable. I am trained to know where is safe to needle and where must be avoided.

Needles are usually placed on the body, head and hands. The following videos explain common sensations felt during Acupuncture and what the needles are like and where they are placed.


Videos

Is Acupuncture Painful?

What are the needles like and where do the needles go?
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