Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Services in Canberra, Belconnen and Woden

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What Is It?


Acupuncture is a holistic approach to treating and preventing illnesses and has been practised in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. It is an effective, natural and increasingly popular means of treating and preventing disease through the application of needles to the body. 

How Does It Work?


The Treatment


Acupuncture itself is a very simple procedure administered by inserting very fine, sterile needles into the acupoints along the different meridians and pathways of energy. 

These needles clear energy blockages and encourage normal flow of qi through the individual. To achieve the very best results, the method of treatment used and the selection of acupoints must be based on proper diagnosis and treatment principles, according to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

There is the specificity of acupoints with regard to curing or aiding illness and disease. The Yin and Yang imbalance needs to be corrected with precision in order to truly make an effect.

The Many Benefits


Acupuncture has many benefits, including pain relief, treatment of chronic ailments, assisting in the prevention of disease and illness and aids in maintaining well-being. 

It is recognised by the World Health Organization as having successfully treated disorders including neurological conditions (headaches, migraines), stroke, paralysis, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, digestive system disorders, urogenital disorders, gynaecological and obstetric disorders, skin conditions, eye conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, sporting injuries, psychological conditions, insomnia, drug addiction and postoperative pain. It can also aid smoking cessation and weight loss. 

This success is because acupuncture encourages the body to release endorphins, effectively easing symptoms of pain and discomfort.

Qi Meridians


In theory, when healthy, an abundant supply of ‘qi’ or ‘life energy’ flows through the body’s meridians (a network of qi channels throughout the body). The qi meridians can become blocked because of stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions. 

If the flow of qi in a meridian becomes blocked or is in short supply, then the body fails to maintain balance and harmony, and your body becomes sensitive to illness and disease. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that this qi is made up of two contradictory forms called Yin and Yang. Illness and disease are said to be the result of the unbalancing between Yin and Yang caused by factors acting on internal organs and manifesting themselves at certain points. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the view of holism, also considers the influence of seasonal and climatic changes on the human body. For example, in summer, Yang-Qi goes to the exterior of the body, leading to relaxation of the skin and muscles. In winter, since it is cold, Yang-Qi hides in the interior of the body, leading to the closing of the skin and little sweating. 

When climate changes rapidly, it can often exceed the adaptive ability of the human body, resulting in a failure to correspond to the changes of the natural environments, causing an unbalancing of Yin and Yang, in turn, sourcing illness and disease.

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Benefits


Medicine uses two diagnosis patterns: objective diagnosis and subjective diagnosis. 

Western medicine usually uses objective diagnosis whereby the physician considers the symptoms and focuses on alleviating the symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses subjective diagnosis whereby the therapist looks at the individual causes of the disease and aims to change the contributing factors in order to terminate the illness. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the view of holism, also considers the influence of seasonal and climatic changes on the human body. TCM sees disease as a temporary imbalance of the body, rather than a steadfast condition. The mental, physical and emotional aspects of a person’s being are all considered, along with functioning problems, rather than resultant problems. 

In this way, TCM is seen to be a mutual connection of information between the patient and practitioner where both parties need to share knowledge and work as a team to combat imbalance within the body. Chronic or serious health problems may require additional consultations on an average of 4-6 weeks after initial treatment.

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