Acupuncture is part of an integrated health care system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that dates back at least 5000 years in China and other parts of East Asia. TCM considers the health of the whole body, not just the specific ailment being treated. During a treatment, a TCM practitioner will seek to understand the imbalances in your body by asking detailed questions about your health, lifestyle and wellbeing, combining them with pulse and tongue analysis to gain an overall picture of your health.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, single use needles in points in the body to clear energy blockages and promote the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the body. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free treatment modality that can be used to remedy problems such as headaches, insomnia and gynaecological imbalances by addressing the underlying cause of disease as well as the symptoms.
Modern life can be busy and stressful, making it difficult for us to maintain balance and wellbeing without support. Slight imbalances in your body’s energy (Qi) can manifest as bigger problems if left alone. Acupuncture can unblock and restore the flow of Qi, help you maintain good health and vitality and prevent the development of future health concerns.
Your acupuncture/TCM treatment may include:
- needling – the insertion of hair-thin, sterile single use acupuncture needles into specific points in your body to restore the natural flow of energy and bring the body back into balance
- massage – a brief, gentle massage to aid in relaxation
- moxibustion – a gentle, warming technique using the herb mugwort
- cupping – the application of glass cups to specific areas of tension in your body
- herbal Medicine – pre-prepared, easy to take herbal pillules to extend the effects of the treatment and address underlying imbalances.
- advice – diet and lifestyle recommendations may also form part of your treatment plan