What is acupuncture?
Illness is caused by an imbalance of the energy life force, Qi, which flows through meridians in the human body and which is accessible through multiple points in the body. By manipulating these points the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used complementary and alternative medical techniques in the world for the treatment and prevention of diseases. Acupuncture is considered an integral part of TCM rather than a stand-alone treatment. Quite simply it is the practice of inserting appropriate combinations of needles into the superficial skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscles of the body at particular acupuncture points and subsequently manipulating them to stimulate Qi.
Because acupuncture stimulates the movement of Qi, it boosts the immune system and physical and emotional health, thus allowing natural healing to take place. It also stimulates the flow of blood and lymph, thereby decreasing pain and inflammation.
The number of treatments needed depends on the individual and his/her condition (acute or chronic). Sometimes, the longer you have had a condition, the longer it will take to restore your body to function and balance again. And, while it may take a number of sessions to treat the root cause of your symptoms, many people report feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after the first session. Besides healing and being a tonic, acupuncture is also a powerful “illness” prevention tool.
What can acupuncture be used for?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many different complaints and ailments. Listed below are the conditions that I have successfully treated so far. If yours is not in the list, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will discuss your complaints with you and let you know whether I am able to help you.
General conditions: chronic fatigue, common cold or flu, constipation, diarrhoea, headache, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), migraine/ headache, hay fever, tinnitus.
Dermatological: acne, dry skin, hair loss, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis.
Gynaecological: endometriosis, irregular menstruation, menopause syndrome, painful menstruation, pre-menstrual syndrome.
Musculoskeletal (including neurological pain management and injuries): back pain, feet pain, heel pain, hip pain, lower back pain (acute type), shoulder pain.
Urological: urinary incontinence, urinary infections, bladder inflammation.
Mental & emotional: depression, insomnia, emotional tension, sleeping disorder, stress.
Others: overweight, smoking addiction, stomach pain.