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What is Acupuncture?

The basic principle of acupuncture is to improve the overall well-being of a patient by means of balancing the energetic meridian system by clearing blockages and stimulating weaknesses.

 

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Acupuncture (AP) is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is based on ancient Chinese concepts of health and disease, including the theories of Yin-Yang, Qi, Change, Five Phases, the Six Evils, oriental diagnostic methods and the necessity for balance/control in all aspects of life. The Chinese maintained that illness is a state of imbalance in the normal energy flow of the body and that AP acting on the channels of energy (the meridians or AP channels) restores this natural flow.  

In the western understanding of AP is based on the knowledge of the input/output terminals of a two-way system of data transmission between superficial reflex (reactive) points and the organs or parts that are related to these points via the neuro-endocrine system. 

Both ways of looking at and understanding AP are equally valid and helpful.

Treatment involves placing either very fine needles, laser or digital (finger) pressure on / into specific points of the body to produce the desired balancing effect which would lead to healing. If electrodes are attached to the needles and a current passed through to enhance the effect, it is called Electro-Acupuncture. See picture below.

Individuals vary in their sensitivity to acupuncture treatment. Also different conditions require different rates of stimulation; so it is hard to accurately predict how often treatment will be required. On the whole, chronic conditions are treated weekly for 4-6 weeks and then as often as is required to maintain the response. Acute conditions may require more frequent treatments.

Most patients respond very well to acupuncture and accept the needles well, often relaxing or falling asleep during treatments.

It is specifically useful in conditions that do not respond well to orthodox medication, or in cases where there is much side effects to orthodox medication, thus reducing, minimizing or avoiding side effects all together.

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