It is commonly believed that acupuncture is a pain control technique that resets the pain receptors and pathways of the peripheral nervous system.
Many people are surprised to learn that acupuncture can alter hormone levels, blood levels,digestive enzymes, stomach motility, endorphin levels and much more.
The ancient Chinese recognized the vital energy behind all life’s processes, and life’s forms. They called this energy “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). They discovered that the body contains meridians(pathways of circulating Qi) and that each meridian was associated with a physiological system andorgan. Through 23 centuries these doctors refined and experimented with this system, ascribingunique functions to each acupuncture point.
For example ST36 (Zusanli), a point just below the knee on the stomach channel can increase or decrease stomach motility, alter acid levels, raise white blood cell levels and decrease blood pressure (to name just a few functions).
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Receiving acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection.
Acupuncture needles are solid and very fine about the diameter of a human hair. We use special insertion tubes, which allow for a quick painless insertion. The sensation of Qi once an acupuncture point is accessed is often described as a drawing sensation.
Our goal in Acupuncture is to balance the body’s organ systems and promote the circulation of Qi. We do this by inserting very fine needles into carefully chosen points in the feet, arms and torso, often to bring about change in areas surprisingly far away from that point!
Our diagnosis is made from a detailed case history and discussion about all your body systems. We will look at your tongue and palpate your pulses. We also palpate your meridians, testing for relative excess and deficiency. In this way we create an overall picture of your health rather than isolating any one particular symptom.
Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy Compliment other Modalities
Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy are complete healing systems but they can compliment the following modalities in different ways:
Osteopathy and Chiropractic care… acupuncture softens tight muscles and releases anti-inflammatory chemicals so that these mechanical adjustments can hold.
Physiotherapy… acupuncture loosens the fascia and muscles from the inside so that the stretching exercises you are given in physiotherapy are more effective.
Massage… acupuncture address’s the underlying reasons for stress and tight muscles such as organ imbalances so that a massage is more easily assimilated by the body.
Psychotherapy Acupuncture calms the stress response cycle.
I often work in close partnership with the above therapists and have noticed much better results with clients when these multiple modalities are involved.
If you have had an injury, accident or fall within the past year, ACC may cover your acupuncture treatment.
You will need to have your injury assessed by your GP, Osteopath, Physio or Chiropractor.
Acupuncture treatments require no referral but please bring your relevant paperwork with you when you come for your first session.
My surcharge is 20.00.
Read Im Quah-Smith’s excellent article on acupuncture. She is Director of Medical Acupuncture Services at Balmain Hospital, Australia.