What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine which has been used in China for the last 3000 years. Its effectiveness is now accepted in various countries including New Zealand.
Acupuncture focuses on treating the person, along with the disease. The acupuncturist looks at the patient as a whole, considering the cause of the illness and the imbalance in the body causing it. With its unique system of diagnosis, an acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem but also take a case history of past illnesses, familial tendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient’s health. In this way acupuncture has always been used as a preventative medicine and can bring positive benefits for many different conditions.
How it works
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways of energy flowing through the body, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. Disease occurs when something disrupts the normal flow of life force. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow of life forces and re-establish health.
Research has suggested that acupuncture can help promote the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain, regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow, release natural anti-inflammatories, relax muscle spasm and elevate mood.
Will it hurt?
Most new patients are amazed how painless acupuncture can be. However, when the correct stimulus of the needle has been obtained the patient may feel some heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected energy pathway or meridian.
Treatment by acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into a few carefully selected points on the body. The number of needles used varies from two or three to ten or more, and they are left in place for an average of thirty minutes. The total number of treatments required depends on the patient and the condition being treated.
There is no age limit for treatment. It is important to advise the practitioner if you are pregnant, but pregnancy does not preclude acupuncture or its benefits.
Needle sterilization practiced by registered acupuncturists complies with standards set by the New Zealand Department of Health.