Acupuncture is a method of gently encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting fine needles and applying stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. The needles are usually retained for 15-30 minutes.
How does it work?
Our bodies have channels of energy that run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels that are called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Any obstruction in any of these channels (physical or emotional) can cause pain and discomfort.
The meridians are influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction, and re-establish the regular flow of energy 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 feel good 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.
Cupping – Cupping involves placing glass, or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Each patient is assessed individually and a treatment plan is created to your specific needs.
For acute problems, usually a few sessions can see you on a pain free path to health.
For complex or long-standing conditions, 1 or 2 treatments a week for several months may be recommended.