About Acupuncture

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture can be traced back to 2000-3000 years ago and is known as the longest established health care system. Today Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture is a mainstream form of health care, recognised for effectively treating a range of conditions.
Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
The unique feature of modern Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual.

What is QI & how does it affect the body?

When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or "life energy" flows through the body's meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors and becomes evident to Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture practitioners through identifiable signs of body dysfunction. Looking carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, practitioners paying particular attention to not only the presenting condition, but also the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
• provides drug-free pain relief
• effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
• treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
• provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
• assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being

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