chinese acupucture

What is Chinese Acupuncture?

Chinese acupuncture is an ancient therapy that has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (or Chi): the vital life energy present in all living organisms. It differs from Medical Acupuncture or ‘dry needling’ which focuses on relieving pain or muscle tension using human anatomy and physiological principles.

How does the flow of Qi work?

Qi is said to circulate within the body along twelve major ‘Meridian’ pathways which are linked to specific internal organs and systems. Within this network exists over a thousand acupoints, located just under the skin.

The flow of Qi can be disrupted in many ways. Common causes include emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet, and overwork.

Acupuncturists insert special fine needles into appropriate acupoints to stimulate them and open the body’s energy flow once more. This restores balance to bring health benefits.

Some of the things that acupuncture can help alleviate

Chinese acupuncture is a powerful, natural way to improve many conditions as it addresses the root cause of the issue and works to bring balance to the entire body. It can bring physical, mental and emotional benefits.

We use Chinese acupuncture for a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Fertility (Male Fertility and Female Fertility)
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause Symptoms
  • Mental/Emotional Disorders
  • Pain relief
  • Postnatal / Postpartum Depression
  • Arthritis
  • IVF Assistance
  • Menstrual Problems
  • IBS and other Digestive Disorders
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Well-Being

Acu Calm™

For anxiety, stress, PTSD, detoxing (alcohol / drugs) or hot flushes (menopause / cancer treatments) we offer a combination Acu Calm™ treatment. This soothing procedure combines shallow needling and a gentle facial Tui Na massage on specific acupressure points. Acu Calm™ fosters a sense of tranquillity and relaxation to calm both mind and body.

What to expect

All first-time patients start with a consultation to establish medical history, health needs and goals. Your practitioner will be looking holistically to identify the cause of any problems or imbalances and determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

During treatment, your acupuncturist will insert several very fine needles and leave them in position for 15-20 minutes – this is typically painless. Patients often report a great sense of relaxation during and after the treatment.

If beneficial for you, your practitioner may use additional complementary methods such cupping, Gua Sha or Tui Na Massage.

We are also able to offer electro-acupuncture where a small electrical current is passed between two needles creating a pulsing sensation which improves local blood flow and circulation leading to pain relief.