ACUPUNCTURE">ACUPUNCTURE: is an ancient system of medicine from the East that dates back over 4000 years. It was found that stimulation of specific areas on the skin affected the functioning of various organs. There are at least 365 acupuncture points that lie under the skin and are spread over the body. They lie within meridians or energy lines which encircle the body and penetrate the organs. An intrinsic energy, qi, ki, or chi is distributed through the meridians. Its blockage, under or over activity, is ultimately responsible for disease and may occur as a result of life stresses, overwork, bad posture, poor diet or excess emotion such as anger.
Western acupuncture uses the same needling technique but is based on affecting nerve impulses and the central nervous system.
Diagnosis involves an acupuncturist understanding a person's individual lifestyle, nutrition, medical history and so on. The diagnosis will establish which pathways require some adjustment in order for health to improve.
40 conditions that can be treated by acupuncture have been identified by The World Health Authority (WHO).
: anxiety, : arthritis, : asthma, : neck and back pain, : circulatory problems, : depression, : facial paralysis, :fibrositis, : high blood pressure, : aches and pains, : infertility, : menstrual problems, : migraines, :rheumatism, : sciatica, : skin conditions, : ulcers, : addictions such as smoking, alcohol, food and drugs.
Acupuncture may also be used as an anaesthetic agent, painkiller and to combat nausea.
At your first consultation the acupuncturist will need to ask you questions about your general state of health to determine the likely causes of your problems. The acupuncturist can then select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is to discover which energy channels need to be adjusted or treated for your specific complaint to improve.
There are approximately 500 recognised acupuncture points on the body and about 100 are most commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. Interestingly, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is. An example is:- although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to those used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a dill ache or tingling.
If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture.
You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.