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Acupuncture

For more than 2,500 years many cultures have benefited from acupuncture or Oriental Medicine, now recognized worldwide. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners) believe there are more than 2000 acupuncture points on the human body which are connected to the meridians. These meridians are pathways of the energy or what is known as ‘Qi’ (Chi), which have a corresponding relationship with the body’s organs. Acupuncture restores the balance to the flow of this ‘Qi' throughout the body, thus restoring it to health. Studies to explain the effect of acupuncture have described the Mechanism of Action that occurs with each treatment.

  1. Conduction of electromagnetic signals which speed up the release of endorphins and
    promote activation of the immune system.
  2. Endorphin release stimulates the sense of well being, known as the body’s ‘natural feel
    good’ hormones and they have the ability to reduce pain.
  3. Changes in brain chemistry through release of neurotransmitters and Neuro hormones.
  4. Acupuncture changes the brain waves to ‘Alpha’ – the relaxed state. Relaxed awareness
    produced by Alpha brainwaves are the optimum state for learning, promote higher levels
    of creativity, improved ability to problem solve, relaxed body and mind, lower levels of stress
    and anxiety, balances moods and creates emotional stability.
  5. Launching of opioid systems in the brain.
  6. Stimulates white blood cell production. These cells defend the body against infectious
    organisms and foreign substances. White blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are an
    important part of your body’s immune system.

 

In the acupuncture treatment, thin, very fine, sterile needles (wires) are inserted at specific points on the body. The acupuncture needles stimulate the chi and improve the balance of the meridians restoring harmony or health. These points are carefully selected according to the clients’ signs and symptoms. Each treatment is tailored to the individual's needs.

The Health Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used to treat both acute and chronic conditions including gastrointestinal, urogenital, respiratory, gynaecological and circulatory disorders, nervous system conditions, emotional and psychological disorders and musculoskeletal pain.

Acupuncture is a true ‘Traditional Medicine’, with the wealth of experience tested and proven in practice over a 2,500-year period attesting to a wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach.  

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recognizes the health benefits of Acupuncture.

WHO's report on Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials provided clinical evidential results that Acupuncture is effective in treating over 43 conditions. Acknowledgement was also recognized that other diseases, disease symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown.

The following is a partial list of the conditions treated effectively by Acupuncture:

Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, chronic fatigue, stress reduction, behavioural disorders, nervousness, neurosis, and schizophrenia.

Chronic & Acute Pain: Injuries, headaches (including migraines), dental pain, postoperative pain, Facial pain (including cranio-mandibular disorders), cancer pain.

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Sports injuries, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, Hypo-ovarianism back pain, lower back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain, muscle weakness, neck pain, stiff neck, sciatica, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee Pain, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, postoperative pain, tendonitis, tennis elbow, whiplash injuries.

Neurological Disorders: Dizziness/Vertigo, bell's palsy & trigeminal neuralgia, post stroke recovery, movement disorders, headaches, migraines, postoperative pain, stroke, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, nocturnal enuresis, intercostal neuralgia.

Circulatory - Heart Disorders: Hypertension, primary hypotension, blood pressure regulation, cardiac neurosis.

Respiratory Disorders: Colds and flu, sore throat, laryngitis, pharyngitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, acute rhinitis, Allergic rhinitis, including hay fever.

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Gastritis, heartburn, hyperacidity, food allergies, ulcers, irritable bowel, colitis, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, acute bacillary dysentery, peptic ulcer, colic, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, morning sickness, Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder), Cholelithiasis (gallstones).

Urinary Disorders: Cystitis, renal colic, recurrent lower urinary-tract infection, and retention of urine.

Ear, Eye & Dental Disorders: Tinnitus, earache, Meniere's disease, eye problems, cataracts, poor vision, toothache, gingivitis.

Reproductive / Gynaecological Disorders;

Female Sexual Dysfunction/Infertility: Menstrual Disorders; menstrual cramps, dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular or heavy periods, infertility, hypo-ovarianism, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, low libido, menopausal symptoms

Pregnancy / Birth / Post Natal  /Lactation:
Morning sickness, correction of malposition of foetus (breeched presentation), induction of labour, labour pain, lactation deficiency.

Male Sexual Dysfunction/Infertility: Male sexual dysfunction, prostatitis, and prostate problems, low libido, ejaculatory dysfunction, and deficient sperm production.


Immune Enhancing: Recurrent infections, low vitality, AIDS/HIV-related conditions, Fatigue, Immune System Deficiencies, immune system tonification.


Addictions: Addictions to drugs, nicotine, alcohol etc.
Alcohol dependence and detoxification, opium, cocaine and heroin dependence.

Miscellaneous

 

Chinese auricular acupuncture/acupressure also known as Auriculo Therapy is a time-honoured treatment recorded in China’s earliest medical work. Specific acupuncture points on the external auricle (ear) are used to relieve various medical disorders of the body and have been used in traditionally for 4000 years.

This modality has the same treatment benefits as whole body acupuncture. The acu points found on the auricle is stimulated to bring up the ‘Qi’ (Chi) and establish harmony back to the body.

 

“Dis-harmony = Dis-ease”

 

Auriculo Therapy (Auricular Acupuncture) can also be done by the use of electro-needling, seed-pressure, subcutaneous needling, hydro needling, laser needling etc. Auriculo Therapy is a safe and effective treatment.  In my clinic I use the Stimulus Pro to achieve optimum results.  It is quick and painless!

Some of the common ailments I treat are:

Acid Reflux, Acne,ADD/ADHD, Addiction, Allergy, Anxiety, Appetite Control, Arthritis, Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Constipation, Depression, Diabetes  Mellitus, Diarrhoea, Ear Infection, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Hip Pain,  Hyperglycaemia, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Infertility, Influenza, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel, Menstrual Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Nightmares, Nosebleed (Epitaxis), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Parkinsonian Tremors, Premature Ejaculation, Premenstrual Syndrome, Prostatitis, Psychosis, Psychosomatic Disorders, Raynaud’s Disease, Shingles, Sinusitis, Smoking Withdrawal, Stress, Tinnitus, TMJ Disorders, Vertigo, Weight Control and more….












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