Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years but has become popular in the West only over the past 50 years.
The term 'acupuncture' describes a family of procedures that stimulate specific anatomical points on the body using multiple techniques. The most common type of acupuncture uses very thin needles that are then manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is based on the idea that there are channels of energy - each pertaining to a different organ system - running through the body in order to keep it functioning. When there are blockages preventing flow of energy in these channels, pain, sickness and organ pathology are the results.
Acupuncture redirects the energy allowing it to flow freely once again through the channels. This creates a balance of energy in the body and allows the organ systems to function properly, eliminating pain and promoting health. Acupuncture essentially helps the body to heal itself without introducing external chemical elements into the body. There are several theories as to how acupuncture stops pain.
At Acuherb Therapy Clinic we provide acupuncture for a range of conditions but the most popular among those are acupuncture treatments for:
- Cosmetic Treatments
- Fertility & Conception
- Weight Loss
- Pain Relief for Back Pain and other conditions
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1. Electro-acupuncture is an enhanced form of acupuncture which can provide significant benefits in dealing with a variety of conditions. The therapy involves passing a very small electrical current through the acupuncture needles to provide continued stimulation of the acu-points.
The current used is very small (about the same as that produced by a wristwatch battery) but it is quite normal for the patient to experience responses such as rhythmic spasm or weak twitching of the muscle during treatment.
2. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa, or mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia.
Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff. Practitioners then burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient's skin.
3. Cupping & Heat Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin to mobilise blood flow in order to promote healing.
Suction is created using heat or mechanical devices (such as pumps). It is known in local languages as baguan.
4. Auricular Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points on the ear. These points, when stimulated, send electrical impulses to the brain, which are then transmitted to the nominated organ. The points on the ear correspond to the entire body and their gentle stimulation creates positive response helping with an array of aliments. It is important to note that Auricular acupuncture only works in a therapeutic way and it cannot harm healthy parts of the body. This makes it an effective and safe form of treatment for most individuals. Auricular acupuncture can be used independently or in conjunction with other therapies.
Parts of the US Military have begun using auricular acupuncture for reducing pain in troops and has begun experimenting with its use on soldiers evacuated to medical centres, in order to reduce pain and the numbers of medcations needed.
The type of acupuncture used depends on the patient and the condition being treated. Acupuncture should be administered only by a trained professional and after proper consultation.
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