Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing system and philosophy. The theory of yin and yang are at the heart of this philosophy representing balance and harmony.

Acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's Qi (chee) or vital energy, cannot flow freely. This is referred to as “stagnation.” There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury.

Qi flows along pathways in the body known as meridians, similar to the western concept of blood vessels. It is along theses meridians that the acupuncture points are found.

Chinese medicine uses many methods to treat conditions. Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping, Tui na Massage, Moxibustion and Auricular Acupuncture are used alongside each other or as an individual treatment to treat specific conditions.


Acupuncture.

Based on traditional thinking, Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined over centuries. These include looking at the tongue, pulse diagnosis and palpation. A network of meridians run throughout the body and aim to carry Qi (Chee) the vital life force to every organ and cell. When the Qi is interrupted, due to blockages because of illness, the environment, diet or emotions, imbalances occurs.

By inserting ultra fine sterile needles into acupuncture points along the meridians, an Acupuncturist seeks to restore the free flow of Qi to return balance .This is a very individual treatment where prescriptions of points are applied to treat a variety of problems. Some prescriptions are very traditional and have been used by practitioners for thousands of years.


Links.

An overview of the history of Chinese Medicine and how it differs from western Medicine:

An interesting lecture for those who want a little more in-depthknowledge of the subject

Another link on how Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is viewed by the scientific community. Does it really work? Is there any Science behind it?

“TheScience of Acupuncture”


Cupping.

Cupping involves the application of glass cups. The cups are used over specific acupuncture points and can be used where there are areas of pain. The cups are warmed and a vacuum is created. This allows the cups to adhere to the body. The cups are left on for 5-15 minutes. They often leave a mark or bruise on the body which may last for several days.


Moxibustion.

Moxibustion (moxa) is the use of the herb Mugwort. It can be in the form of a small cone placed onto the top of an acupuncture needle or a stick of smoking moxa used to warm a meridian or acupuncture point. Moxa is used for conditions of cold, stagnation, deficiency or weakness.


Auricular Acupuncture.

This is one of the more widely used Microsystems within Chinese Medicine. 

Microsystems use one aspect of the body -For example, the ears are focused on to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Minute tacks are attached to a type of sticky tape and are placed on points on the ear. The patient presses theses points regularly to stimulate the area. Auricular acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatments. It is often used for pain relief, addictions, insomnia and anxiety.


Acupressure.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture.  The therapist uses their knuckles, fingers or thumbs to stimulate the acupoints instead of using needles.