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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of a complex medical system, practiced for over 3000 years and is currently part of the medical system of China. It includes also herbalism, nutrition, massage (tuina) and exercise (qigong).

It is used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and improve wellbeing. It is also used within the framework of esoteric acupuncture to help the individual become aware of higher frequency healing and to establish a strong connection with their higher selves.

In the last 50 years it has become established as a form of Complementary Medicine in the west. Due to its proven effectiveness it has been recognized by the World Health Organization, and increasingly by medical practitioners.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture influences the flow of Qi (chee) along meridians, which are like imaginary electromagnetic energetic pathways. This energy is described as our life force energy, vital to the functioning of our being as a whole. The insertion of very fine needles at various points along the meridians influence the Qi. Insertion of each needle is so swift that minimal discomfort is involved. The needles are left in position for 45-50 minutes while the individual rests in a relaxed environment.

Conditions treated by Acupuncture

In 1979 the World Health Organization compiled a list of over 40 diseased which are responsive to acupuncture. This list will give a broad view of the illnesses treatable, although there are many more.

  • Angina
  • palpitations
  • tinnitis
  • vertigo
  • dizziness
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • depression
  • irritability
  • panic attacks
  • insomnia
  • acute and chronic pain
  • arthritis
  • sciatica
  • sports injuries
  • tennis an golfers elbow
  • frozen shoulder
  • migraine headache
  • facial paralysis
  • bells palsy
  • shingles
  • viral infections
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • influenza
  • asthma
  • hay fever
  • sinusitis
  • sinusitis
  • cystitis
  • irritable bowel
  • colitis
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • fibromyalgia
  • M.E., post viral syndrome
  • tiredness fatigue
  • postnatal syndrome
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • painful periods
  • irregular periods
  • infertility
  • menopause
  • pregnancy
  • related disorders
  • preparation for labour
  • postnatal recovery
  • lactation establishment
  • smoking and other addictions

Acupuncture for Women

Menstrual Problems

  • Regulates irregular periods
  • Reduces painful periods
  • Treats Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Pregnancy

  • Morning Sickness and heartburn
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Varicosities
  • Colds, influenza, coughs and viruses
  • Symphysis Pubis, joint and other pain
  • Anxiety
  • Preparation for labour

Postnatally

  • Lactation establishment
  • Breast engorgement and mastitis
  • Assisting in the healing of abdominal and perineal wounds
  • Varicosities
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and Postnatal Syndrome
  • Exhaustion and energy depletion

Postanatal Syndrome

Acupuncture is very effective in treating postnatal syndrome, which include the symptoms of:

  • Chronic tiredness, exhaustion
  • Insomnia, anxiety
  • Loss of libido
  • Lack of joy
  • Inability to cope with more than baby or household affairs
  • May have difficulty in bonding
  • May be very sensitive and highly protective to baby

All the above symptoms are very varying and may be transient, and if last a short time can be due to lack of sleep and heavy blood loss post delivery. If symptoms become ongoing and chronic, this indicates postnatal syndrome.

Infertility

Acupuncture responds very well to problems with infertility and can be very effective with:

  • Problems related to ovulation
  • Problems of embryo implantation
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Male Infertility
  • IVF

Women undergoing IVF treatment, who also use Acupuncture may increase the success of the treatment. Acupuncture alone, is also very successful in treating infertility.

Menopause

Acupuncture is extremely effective for relieving:

  • Hot Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Moods Swings
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Heavy/Irregular Periods
  • Loss of Libido
  • Headaches and Migraine

Hot flushes are the most common perimenopausal symptom occurring in about 70 – 80% of all perimenopausal women. They can be very mild or so severe that they can result in sleep disturbance an subsequent depression. Acupuncture works to regulate the flow of life energy or qi in the body and therefore is particularly appropriate for perimenopause, a time when our energy is completely renewing itself. In Chinese Medicine diet is also considered and effective way to relieve may symptoms and therefore would be part of the treatment plan.

 

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