Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that originated in China thousands of years ago. The basic premise behind the medicine is that humans are dependent on energy to live and be healthy. Acupuncture therefore uses the body’s energy to heal. In the East this energy of the body is called ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) and is said to ‘flow’ through our bodies, giving us life. When “Qi” flows well we are healthy and strong, but if the flow of ‘Qi’ is impaired we can become tired and ill.
The word Qi is also blood vessels and it improves blood flow. We can probably best understand this by thinking how difficult it is to think and function well when we are tired or exhausted or when we say we have ‘no energy’. It is at these times we get upset, run down or ill. On the other hand, when we are full of energy life seems easier, we do not get so run down and can throw off or escape that ‘flu or whatever illness is doing the rounds.
Frequently asked questions:
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin – not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 1/2 inch to an inch. While each person experiences acupuncture differently most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted.
How long does the needles stay in for?
Most treatment are 20- 30 minutes long.
How many treatments to I need?
If you have a chronic ailment a minimum of 5 treatments are recommended. Some conditions require more treatments. In acute cases (e.g. a sore throat) 1 -2 treatments might be all that is needed. All needles are brand new and only used once.
The difference between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine
Maintenance of care with Acupuncture