Acupuncture has developed over a period of at least 5000 years. It is a method of Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM which is a holistic form of Medicine and can treat you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It can be used for acute or chronic conditions.
Acupuncture involves the assertion of fine needles into Acupuncture points on the skin. Techniques are applied to these points to regulate the Energy or Qi (as it is called in TCM), that flows through the body. Acupuncture points are sites on the skin through which the energy of the organs and meridians comes to the surface.
These points are located on 12 Meridians each being linked to an organ. Our Life Force or energy or Qi flows through these Meridians and nourishes the organs, muscles, joints, skin… and everything!
Sometimes the energy can become blocked or deficient causing illness and painful conditions. Acupuncture can clear or move blocked energy which is often the cause of painful conditions or it can increase the energy flow to points of deficiency.
Acupuncture aims to correct any imbalances in the body by correcting the flow of energy around the body encouraging smooth flow of Qi and blood. This will improve general health.
Other methods which are often used in conjunction with Acupuncture are Moxibustion, Cupping, Massage and Chinese Herbs. TCM is very effective in treating many kinds of disease and painful conditions which is why it has lasted throughout the ages.
Electro acupuncture is where a gentle pulse of electricity is connected to the acupuncture needles that are inserted in the body. Electro acupuncture targets particular areas for a stronger treatment. It can be used for musculoskeletal, conditions such as shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatica and sporting injuries.
Electro acupuncture is also used for treatment of ovulatory disorders – particularly for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and in pregnancy for labour induction.