Origins of Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture dates back to China at least 2800 years ago. It is a major part of the Chinese health care service, working alongside western medicine. In the latter part of the 20th century it migrated to all parts of the world.

What is Acupuncture TCM?

Acupuncture is one category of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Other modalities are cupping, moxibustion, herbs, diet, gua sha, tui na, dao yin exercise, chi kung, and tai chi.

Acupuncture is the use of very fine, disposable, single use needles.  These needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body’s meridians (energy channels).  This helps to harmonise the body's chi (energy) which has a beneficial effect on all organs and structures as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual equilibrium.  The aim of TCM is not only to treat presenting symptoms but equally look for and address the root cause of the problem.

Cupping

Cupping is the use of various sized special glass cups.   A vacuum is created between the cup and the skin which helps to move the chi and blood.

Some of the condition which benefit by cupping are: chronic or sudden stiffness, pain in muscles and joints eg: shoulders, necks and backs.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a specialised herb which is burnt until it smoulders.  It is then held near the skin until a gentle warmth is felt.  This is a very useful for disorders that are cold or damp in nature and areas that are deficient in chi and blood.  Moxa can be applied in a multitude of ways.

Conditions Treated or Assisted by TCM Acupuncture

Sprains, Stiffness and Whiplash

Sports/Fitness Injuries

Muscular Skeletal Disorders

Arthritic Conditions

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

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Menstrual/Menopausal Disorders

Infertility

Digestive Disorders

ME/CFS

General Weakness and Tiredness

Panic Attacks/ Palpitations

Migraine/Headaches

Sinus & Congestion

Fluid Retention

Skin Disorders

This is not an exhaustive list, please enquire about other conditions.