What is ACUPUNCTURE?
(For details of Clinics please look under the Home
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture dates back some 5,000
years, making it one of the world's oldest systems of
The aim of Acupuncture is to rejuvenate the mind, body
and spirit, promoting relaxation and stimulating a person's
own healing power by harmonising their vital energy
called Ch'i or Ki. This vital energy travels through
the body along pathways called meridians. Each meridian
corresponds to one of twelve organs or functions such
as the heart, spleen and lungs.
Although named after the organs, the functions of the
meridians are much wider and encompass the whole being
at the mental, emotional and physical level. Wherever
there is a block in energy flow, trauma ensues which
eventually manifests as disease i.e. not being at ease.
This imbalance in a person's vital energy may manifest
itself as a backache, headache, depression or in many
other ways. By working along the meridians using the
fingers and hands in Shiatsu or by inserting very fine
sterilized Acupuncture needles in specific points, the
practitioner summons energy to places most in need and
disperses energy from areas where it is congested, thus
restoring balance to the whole body.
What can ACUPUNCTURE help?
Many people come to Acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, for example: anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions or ulcers. Extensive
practice and Chinese research has show Acupuncture's effectiveness in helping these and many other conditions.
The effect of good Acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance will deal with the condition, as well, help the patient feel better in a general way. Hence the frequent comment: 'I'm feeling better in myself', which refers to such things as increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep or a more normal appetite.
Moxibustion, a treatment where Chinese Mugwort, a healing herb, heated over specific points is also used where necessary, to warm and invigorate the energy.
Acupuncture is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful of all systems of Natural Medicine.
The initial consultation takes about two hours and is very important. It takes into account medical history, sleep patterns, diet etc., and the client's present condition. This information is essential in determining the cause of the problem and the treatment that is required.
The initial visit will also include a physical examination. Abdominal, pulse and tongue diagnoses are made.
Over 5,000 years Oriental Medicine has developed eight
different ways of diagnosis, which are cross- checked.
This makes it the worlds most sophisticated system
of medicine. Most other systems only encompass one
or two ways of diagnosis eg touch or questioning etc.
Subsequent sessions take an hour. After an initial discussion of the clients condition the treatment begins.
Response to treatment
Every individual is unique, so the response to the treatment varies from person to person. The age of the patient, depth of the disease, and how long it has been going on have to be taken into account in assessing how quickly the client will improve. Often clients ask how many sessions they will require. It is impossible to generalise, as even two people with similar complaints may need to come for different periods of time.
In acute conditions the client is advised to attend weekly. When there condition stabilises they can come fortnightly, monthly and so on. The whole process is individual and the practitioner and client can together decide on the best course of action.
Clients generally come to realise that they possess the full power to be healthy and happy. It becomes a matter of choice and of personal commitment, since without their co-operation no recovery in the real sense of the word can happen. The relationship between client and practitioner becomes one of guidance and support; the client learns how to be independent and self-reliant and how to maintain a state of well-being throughout one's life.
In order to gain maximum benefit from treatment the
following guidelines are suggested:
1. It is best to avoid heavy meals or alcohol on the
day of treatment. Have a light meal at least one hour
before the session.
2. Do not take a long hot bath on the day of treatment.
3. For the treatment wear loose clothing, preferably
Ring Altair:01684 562528
Email: [email protected]