ACUPUNCTURE

"I am convinced that acupuncture is going to be one of the greatest contributions that any group of people has made to the future of all medicine, if it is handled correctly by the people of the Western world."

 

Dr W Kenneth Riland, 1972

BENEFITS & USES

  • Circulatory disorders

  • Emotional and psychological disorders

  • Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Gynaecological/genitourinary disorders

  • Immune disorders

  • Musculoskeletal and neurological disorders

  • Respiratory disorders

A growing body of studies have demonstrated where acupuncture has benefited people who were suffering from a variety of different conditions. The following areas illustrate where acupuncture has been effective in helping the condition, though this is not a complete list

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Acupuncture needles cannot be inserted into:

  • Areas of spinal instability

  • Oedematous limbs at risk of lymphedema

  • Patients with uncontrolled movements
  • Scars or keloid

RELATIVE CONTRAINDICATIONS

Acupuncture is not suitable for people with the following ailments:

  • Acute stroke

  • Areas of poor skin condition
  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Epilepsy

  • Haemophilia or clotting disorders

ABOUT

TREATMENT

  • Lasts between 40-50 minutes.

  • For quick pain relief, 30-minute treatments are available.

  • During the treatment, you will be laying down on a bed.

  • To assess your Qi, the acupuncturist may look at your tongue and pulse. They may also feel for areas of muscular pain or tension in the tissues under your skin.

  • Your acupuncturist may insert each needle and immediately remove it, or leave the needles in place for up to 20 minutes. This depends on your treatment plan.

  • The sensation of a needle penetrating the skin is often described as a tingling or dull ache.

  • The needles will not necessarily be inserted at the location of your pain or discomfort. This is because the pathway of Qi may begin at a different part of the body. Using the right starting point, the healthy flow of Qi can reach its destination. For example, to create healthy Qi to the head and relieve headaches, needles are inserted in the hands and feet.

  • This medical system originated in China and dates back over 3,000 years. For centuries, this treatment has been used effectively to promote and maintain good health.

  • Acupuncture works by inserting fine, sterile needles into various parts of the body. These needles connect with channels under the skin that direct the flow of natural ‘Qi’ (energy). Based upon the belief that illness occurs when a person's Qi is impaired, acupuncture restores the healthy flow of Qi in the body, thus promoting health and eliminating illness.

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