How can Acupuncture Help the body heal and maintain normal function?
Acupuncture is a drug free treatment option that enhances the ability of the body to recover homeostasis, or balance. Acupuncturists insert thin needles into points on the body which initiate responses from the Central nervous system .
Modulating effects on pain and metabolism are achieved through acupuncture's ability to increase blood circulation and stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and other natural opioids . Acupuncture has also been found to have positive effects on brain chemistry through the regulation of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are responsible for the smooth running of hormonal activity in the body. The combination of all these factors can result in a broad spectrum of effects on various body systems relating to digestive function, temperature control ,breathing hormone release, sexual and cardiac function.
Origins of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is part of an integrated medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM which originated in China. These origins can be traced back nearly 5000 years. As well as being one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world today, Acupuncture has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as having been proven effective in clinical trials to treat and prevent a number of medical conditions. More recently, The Acupuncture Evidence Project (link below) found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupunctures effectiveness is increasing.
People may be hesitant to try Acupuncture, however it is generally considered to be a safe and painless way to remedy a broad range of symptoms, improve overall health and address current health issues when performed by a professional practitioner. In Australia, qualified practitioners of Acupuncture are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine practices as well as Western biomedical sciences which are both drawn upon to provide responsible individualised care.
The benefits of acupuncture can be widespread , with many patients experiencing enhanced relaxation and increased energy. Acupuncture is a drug free treatment option that enhances immune function and thereby the bodys natural ability to heal itself . Acupuncture practice focuses on the underlying causes of illness and its symptoms and has a holistic approach to healthcare by integrating and balancing the mind, body and emotions.
What to expect in an Acupuncture session
In a typical acupuncture session,your practitioner will assess your individual needs after reviewing your medical history and current health complaint. After ascertaining what you wish to achieve through your acupuncture sessions, a treatment plan will be formulated. In addition to acupuncture , other Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques may be used as adjunctive methods where necessary. For example , for shoulder pain, acupuncture, massage and cupping may be used together.
These TCM techniques are listed below.
Acupuncture frequency is determined on an individual basis depending on the severity and duration of the condition or illness. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with usual medical care.
Acupuncture uses very fine needles placed at certain points on the body to correct imbalances in the bodys flow of Qi (energy).Normal sensations felt during acupuncture treatment may include heaviness or tingling at the point of insertion,a sign of Qi activation according to the theory of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice.
Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms in :
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