Acupuncture is an applied medicine that works WITH the body to restore health.
An energy focused medicine, it identifies that energy is at the root of all physiological functions.
Acupuncture works in two ways.
Firstly, local Acupuncture points are used to restore blood circulation, nourishing the cells and tissue bringing renewed vitality to the specific body part being treated.
Secondly, Acupuncture points are stimulated to affect the functioning of organs and their specific systems.
Stimulation at specific acupuncture points is applied by the use of a few (very fine) needles. Other modalities can also be used instead or alongside acupuncture such as moxa, cupping and massage to restore health.
Acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese Medicine, with Diet, Exercise, Herbal Medicine and Meditation all being the other components that work in synergy to maintain health.
Chinese Medicine’s understanding on nutrition is refined but can be simplified and as such I will recommend & explain why certain foods will be beneficial to improve presenting complaint.
A form of heat therapy it can boost blood circulation locally or stimulate the function of the acupuncture point specifically.
Moxa is used in a variety of ways, either as moxa balls, placed on the end of a needle. Once lit, the heat is transmitted through the needle bringing warmth and vitality to the area. It can also be used instead of an acupuncture needle, by placing a moxa stick over the acupuncture point.
It is a gentle way of treating those who cannot tolerate too much stimulation or for young children who are scared of needles.