Acupuncture has been used as a tool for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the body for well over two centuries. It is nothing new. But if it is new to you, then you might like to read on.
Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The considered therapeutic effects of acupuncture through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are closely connected to a belief in the forces of nature. The constant interaction of the universal, seasonal and daily forces on our bodies, emotions and spirit are represented by a theoretical model called Yin and Yang.
Yin and Yang represent a complicated power struggle within the body to consistently achieve balance. When this balance is compromised, the smooth ebb and flow of energy called ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) gets blocked. Qi may also be described as the ‘vital energy’, ‘life force’ or prana that is found in all things. Qi has aspects of both matter and energy.
When applying the concept of health and beauty in terms of Qi, the balance of the distribution of Qi may be compromised through trauma, lifestyle, diet and illness. The balance between the forces of Yin and Yang within the body when compromised, may result in the stagnation of ‘vital energy’.
TCM has an holistic approach to health and embodies the' four levels' which include the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual planes.
To make a TCM diagnosis, the practitioner takes an in depth case history and closely analyses current signs and symptoms as well as feeling the pulse and examining the tongue. The pulse reveals how the Qi is flowing in the Channels and the levels of Yin and Yang in the body. By examining the tongue, the practitioner can determine the quality of the Qi in the organs.
How does Acupuncture work?
This is a question that as yet, has no simple answer from a scientific methodology of evaluation and conclusion. However, it seems for this moment in history, evaluation of the effects of acupuncture can be determined within a limited understanding of how our body is constantly engaging itself in homeostasis.
A TCM practitioner has been trained to 'listen' to your body and evaluate it's pattern of homeostasis to then determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. This 'listening' ability has been taught for more than two thousand years and is a hands on way of evaluating the body within it's structured understanding of Yin and Yang, Qi and Blood. This method when used by an experienced practitioner is extraordinary and effective in maintaing a person's feeling of health and vitality.
Some of the 'listening' techniques include the following:
- Tongue Diagnosis
- Pulse Diagnosis
- Hara Diagnosis
- Channel Diagnosis
- Questioning & Listening
Once a diagnosis has been made, your acupuncturist will place very fine needles in the acupuncture points most appropriate to ensure the free flow of your Qi and to balance Yin and Yang. Once the Qi flows smoothly, good health returns. Acupuncture is best used in a course of treatments to ensure continued and lasting results.
Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical treatment which may be used for a wide range of symptoms as well as being an incredibly relaxing experience.
Call our experienced practitioners now to discuss any aspect of acupuncture or how it may be of help to you.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion (Moxa) is the art of applying a burning herb in various ways to the appropriate points on the body. Moxa may be used alone or in combination with acupuncture. Historically, moxibustion has been widely used as a home remedy. It was often used by members of the family in the treatment and prevention of cold and flu, digestive upsets and joint pain. Moxa is a common herb/weed called mugwort that has been cultivated, harvested, dried, pulverised, dehydrated and stored for at least three years before it is ready to be used in clinical practice.
Not all TCM practitioners include moxibustion in their treatments, so if this is a required part of treatment for you, then please let us know before you book your appointment.