Acupuncture

The Oriental View

Acupuncture is one aspect or one tool of oriental medicine.

The theory of acupuncture is that “Chi” the body’s own life energy flows around the body via meridians that are all inter connected like an electrical circuit.  Good health, therefore, is a nice even flow of energy throughout the circuit.  Pain, for example is usually, but not always, a blockage of this energy.

Applying needles on points around the painful area, and one or two distal points, will usually have a beneficial effect upon the pain i.e. it will unblock the meridian.

The Western View

There have been hundreds of trials in the West over the past 20 years as to how acupuncture works.

The basic theory is that stimulation of the skin or muscle with an acupuncture needle sends a message to the brain via the spinal cord.  This will then release endorphins and enkephalins (the body’s own painkillers) which relieves the pain.

Through nerve and soft tissue stimulation acupuncture can have an analgesic effect and by needling trigger points, can release tension which if untreated, could lead to further injury.

Effects of Acupuncture

  • Pain Relief
  • Relief of tight tissue; muscle, fascia, tendon
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved relaxation

Contra –indications

If you have any of the following you will be unable to receive acupuncture:

  • Needle phobia
  • Severe Fatigue
  • Acute cardiac arrhythmias or congestive heart failure
  • Be aged under 16 (if you are 16 – 18, an adult must be present
  • First Trimester of pregnancy
  • Hemophilia
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis

If you have any of the following, please check with your GP before booking an appointment, a doctor’s note will be required for treatment:

  • Second or Third Trimester of pregnancy
  • Recent (last 6 months)/Current Cancer
  • Had a stroke in the last 6 months
  • Taking anti-coagulants
  • Any heart disorder
  • Impaired sensation

If you are unsure whether your condition or medication is compatible with Acupuncture, please check with your GP first.