Acupuncture is now a registered allied health profession. It’s fast becoming a popular choice due to the profound results treatments can have. But what is it and how does acupuncture work?
What is Acupuncture?
Originating in China approximately 2000 years ago, Acupuncture was a combination of art, intuition, and specific protocols and treatment methods to help with common complaints and disease. How do we know Acupuncture has existed for at least 2 millenniums? Several ancient classical texts have been unearthed and/or preserved, with Chinese historians identifying the earliest writings to be of the Han Dynasty origin (206BC – 220AD). History lesson aside, over the centuries Acupuncture has evolved from the simple practice of placing bian stones/ needles at several locations on the body, to inserting very fine, single use and sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body.
How does it work?
The basic concept and theories that the Chinese adopt in their medical material involve harmonising meridians (energy channels in our body) and qi (energy) throughout the channels which can result in relief from pain, sickness and a myriad of other disease, symptoms and conditions otherwise left untreated. We absolutely live and breathe this theory, but if it sounds a little spooky to you, never mind us, because the World Health Organization (WHO) has collated plenty of information. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment through controlled trials can be found here.
You mentioned NEEDLES!? Does Acupuncture hurt?
This is one of the most common questions, especially with patients who already have anxiety or phobia towards needles. Don’t despair! We’ll clear up some common misconceptions about our needles and sensations that they can cause, to put your mind at peace. Our needles are incredibly fine. A picture says a thousand words. Now if the thought of our needles being less than 1/10 of the size of a standard medical syringe still bothers you, you’ll be happy to learn that in most cases you’ll feel only slight sensations. Most patients report little feeling at all, to a dull ache at the site of the needle. Occasionally they report a radiating sensation which more often then not is a positive experience.
What Can I Expect In a Typical Treatment?
Generally we take a full case history with the focus of the main reason you are here to see us. Treatments range from face up and face down treatments and often includes other tools such as cupping, moxibustion and other ancient techniques. Most clients feel completely relaxed after a treatment. At the end of the day we are holistic practitioners and take great pride and joy in seeing the profound shifts and changes in our patients. We tailor each treatment to your needs, and don’t just treat the symptoms, rather the person as a whole.