Acupuncture is the practice of using the body’s own mechanisms to restore health by placing tiny needles in strategic points in the body to regulate Qi flow. Qi circulates in the body through specific pathways called meridians. As long as Qi flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained. Once the flow is blocked or impeded, however, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur, similar to when rivers dam up and flood the surrounding areas.
During an acupuncture session, a number of techniques may also be used:
The herb Ai Ye (mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris) is placed on top of an acupuncture needle and burned to transmit heat into the meridians, invigorate blood circulation and stop bleeding. It is often used for digestive complaints, period pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, infertility and foetal malposition in pregnant women.
Flame vacuumed glass cups are applied on the skin to relieve muscle tension, promote circulation and improve lymphatic drainage. It is very comfortable and relaxing, and not at all painful! Children as young as 3 can receive this treatment without a problem. It is often used for the initial stages of a cold, or for tight sore shoulders, back and hips. Perfect after a long day at work.
Oil is massaged lightly onto the back, and a ceramic spoon is used to scrape the skin to move blood and encourage the release of toxins/pathogens via the pores – this is especially effective in the first 24 hours of getting a cold/flu, and for chronic conditions.
Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture)
Magnetic pellets are applied to acupuncture points in the ear and retained for a few days to treat addictions, smoking withdrawal, behavioural conditions (e.g. ADHD), stress and anxiety.
Specific areas of the scalp are stimulated to treat neurological conditions such as stroke sequelae, paralysis and pain. This treatment can be used safely in conjunction with neurologist and physiotherapy treatment.
A lead is connected to the acupuncture needles, which stimulate muscle contractions. Often used for muscle strains and pain.