What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used in East Asian countries for over 2000 years to address and try and prevent illnesses. Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive medical system with its own principles, diagnostic methods and therapies, including acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. It views the body as an organic whole with a network of meridians connecting and coordinating the internal organs, Qi (often translated as vital energy), blood, body fluids, muscles, bones, tendons and the skin.

Chinese Medicine looks at pain and illness as a sign that this network is out of balance. Acupuncture treatment aims to restore this balance by promoting the body’s ability to heal itself and so resolving or managing symptoms and encouraging and maintaining good health.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles on specific points on the body. It is drug-free and may be a clinically effective treatment method for a variety of health issues including non-specific lower back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee and tension-type headaches. Acupuncture treatment can help with pain relief and management, stress and chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain. 

It may also be able to assist with 

  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners 
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases 
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy

During pregnancy, acupuncture may be able to help women with:

  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
  • Nausea and vomiting

Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages and can be used safely alongside conventional medicine with the correct guidance from your acupuncturist. Elisabeth will provide recommendations for alternative therapy options if acupuncture is not considered appropriate for your condition.