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The beautiful ancient art of Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is a vital part of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What is Acupuncture?
Very fine, sterile needles are inserted into ‘acu-points’ which sit on various parts of the body. Each point pertains to a ‘meridian’ or energy channel carrying ‘Qi’. The closest English translation of ‘Qi’ is ‘Life-force’ or ‘Energy’. The insertion of the fine needles aims to influence the flow of ‘Qi’ in balancing the body and bringing it back into harmony to correct dis-ease. Virtually any complaint, illness or symptom can be addressed via this ancinet medical system.
The Physiological Process
For us in the West, the modality of acupuncture can seem quite a strange way to correct a problem. However, there is some very clear logic. Through research it has been discovered that acu-points sit on areas of the body with lower electro-magnetic resistance. The meridians or channels are separate to, but follow a similar pathway to the blood vessels and nerves. It has been shown that acupuncture can affect nerve conduction and hormone levels which are the two very basic areas that control the body. Therefore, we can conclude that acupuncture helps to regulate the body.
The patient experience
At a very basic physiological level, acupuncture will release endorphins into the blood stream. These are the body’s natural pain-killers and ‘feel-good’ hormones. Therefore, the patient should be flooded with a feeling of relaxation. The quantity and location of the pins depends on the patient’s diagnosis, so will vary. On average between 5 and 10 pins are used, and are retained for approximately 20 minutes while the patient rests. For children under the age of 12, the pins are inserted and removed immediately.
Many people are often hesitant to explore this as a treatment option with the fear the needles or ‘pins’ will be painful or uncomfortable. The needles are as fine as a piece of hair and are often not felt at all, or only minimally as they are inserted and removed.