Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve energy circulation.
This is achieved by inserting hair-thin needles into pre-determined points along the body in order to re-balance and restore health and well-being. As such Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions e.g. Insomnia, Muscular Pain, Fatigue, Headaches, Pregnancy Related Ailments, Fertility Issues and Addictions.
This is another branch of the comprehensive Oriental Medical System. Similar to Traditional Acupuncture it works to balance the whole bodies Qi and Blood flow with particular emphasis on the face. Incorporating specific Acupressure massage this method reduces lines, wrinkles and restores luster to the face.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is achieved by inserting hair-thin sterilised needles into pre determined points along the body in order to re-balance and restore health and well-being.
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. It is a complex system of medicine that is used to treat, diagnose and in some cases prevent illnesses. Its results have been recognised throughout Europe, Asia and America and it is therefore fast becoming the preferred method of healing for a number of key complaints. Acupuncture is low risk and can be used in conjunction with many other therapies including Western Medicine, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Treatment. However it is important to inform all practitioners and doctors of concurrent treatments.
How Does it Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is an element of Traditional Chinese Medical or TCM. TCM is a comprehensive system of Medicine that involves a number methods, techniques and procedures for maintaining health.
What does acupuncture feel like?
People respond in many ways to acupuncture treatments. When the needle is inserted you will feel a little pin prick in the skin that is very slight and lasts for only a second. Once the needles have penetrated the skin, the practitioner will use varying techniques to acquire what is called De Chi, which is essentially tapping into your energy flow.
This feeling can be a dull pain, tingling or mild electric feeling travelling to another point. It is important that the client communicates these feelings with the practitioner. The needles used are hair-thin and like no other needles used in the medical practices, they are sterile stainless steel needles for single use only.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a low risk, safe and non-invasive therapy with no inherent side effects. Some people experience bruising, headaches or lethargy, however these symptoms will pass after a short period of time. People who have excessive bruising or bleeding should generally avoid acupuncture as there is a chance it can damage the blood vessels.
Caution must be taken with pregnant women; there are certain points that are contraindicated in pregnancy. However acupuncture is excellent therapy to receive during pregnancy and can be particularly helpful for morning sickness, nausea, varicose veins and breech presentation.
What can I Expect from my First Treatment?
Acupuncture works to treat the individual as opposed to the disease or illness, therefore the first consultation will involve questions about lifestyle, previous illness, diet and a full medical history.
The practitioner will ask questions that might seem irrelevant to the illness, however they are building up a framework and individual diagnoses, feel free to ask the relevance of any question asked.
The first consultation normally lasts about one to one and a half hours and forty five minutes to one hour for subsequent treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatment varies depending on the severity of the illness and the bodies ability to heal itself and how it responds to the therapy. Generally speaking a course of treatments will vary between ten and twelve. Acute illnesses will need less treatment than chronic cases.
Generally you should start to see improvements and noticeable changes on the 4th or 5th session.
It is important that the practitioner and client keep note of changing symptoms, both mentally and physically during each session. Client and practitioner are working together to improve the overall health and well-being of the client and not just alleviating the symptoms of an illness.
Can I claim back treatments from my health Insurance?
Yes you can claim back for Acupuncture treatments on your Health Insurance. The amount you can claim back is dependent upon your particular health care plan; which your health insurer will supply you with. Also the Acupuncturist needs to be a member of either the TCMCI or AFPA organisations in the Republic of Ireland.