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Acupuncture-traditional-Chinese-medicine-Obviously any system of medicine is complex and can’t be fully explained in a few sentences but I’ll try to bring the basics to the fore. According to TCM theory the human body has an intricate network of 14 energy channels that traverse the surface of the body- they are called meridians. The energy that flows through  the meridians is called Qi pronounced “chi”.

In TCM Qi is the essential element, it is known as life force or vital energy, it pervades every part of us and it is this energy that allows our body to heal and regenerate.  When then the Qi is flowing freely and evenly through the 14 meridians we are healthy, happy and vital.

Conversely when the flow of Qi is blocked or not in balance between the meridians, symptoms of poor health arise. Think of a hose carrying water from the tap but it has 14 hoses connected to it- like an irrigation  system. The tap is on at one end and the water pours out the 14 hoses evenly. Unless there are kinks or blockages  in the hoses. The aim of the acupuncture is to remove these kinks or impedences  to the normal flow of Qi along the meridians,  restores the normal harmonious flow- which then aims to restore health and wellbeing.

How acupuncture works

Acupuncture is a unique system of health care that is an integral part of a larger system of medicine known as  traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This natural form of medicine has been utilized for thousands of years and is based on the flow of vital energy through the body known as “qi”.

Acupuncture works by manipulating or balancing the qi within the patient.

I often like to think of acupuncture working like a tune-up. Like tuning a musical instrument or tuning up a car back to the manufactures specifications. In this way allowing the body to get back to it’s optimum performance.

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There isn’t a single theory that can clearly explain all the effects of acupuncture.  However, there are a number of scientific theories that describe the different effects that occur during  acupuncture treatment.

  • Augmentation of Immunity Theory. Acupuncture has been shown to raise the levels of triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globins, opsonins, and overall antibody levels to increase immune function and resistance to disease.
  • Endorphin Theory. Acupuncture stimulates the release of encephalins (a type of endorphin), which aids in pain relief and conditions of addiction.
  • Neurotransmitter Theory. Acupuncture can effect the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones (such as serotonin and noradrenaline) which relieve pain, treat psycho-emotional conditions and promote feelings of general well being.
  • Circulatory Theory. Acupuncture can constrict or dilate blood vessels by influencing the release of histamine. This helps in controlling inflammation, musculoskeletal pain, as well as hyper/hypotension.
  • Gate Control Theory. Acupuncture is used as a form of analgesia because it can overwhelm small C fibres in the nervous system. This effectively ‘shuts the gate’ to the part of the nervous system which perceives pain.
  • Motor Gate Theory. Acupuncture can also ‘open a stuck gate’ in conditions of paralysis by activating spindle cells in the anterior horn. This brings about muscle contraction and can be useful in motor recovery.

 

Appointments

Monday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Tuesday 9am till 12:45pm
Wednesday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Thursday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Friday 9am till 12:45pm

Tuesday 2:00pm to 6:45pm
Friday 3pm till 6:45pm.

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Acupuncture-traditional-Chinese-medicine-Obviously any system of medicine is complex and can’t be fully explained in a few sentences but I’ll try to bring the basics to the fore. According to TCM theory the human body has an intricate network of 14 energy channels that traverse the surface of the body- they are called meridians. The energy that flows through  the meridians is called Qi pronounced “chi”.

In TCM Qi is the essential element, it is known as life force or vital energy, it pervades every part of us and it is this energy that allows our body to heal and regenerate.  When then the Qi is flowing freely and evenly through the 14 meridians we are healthy, happy and vital.

Conversely when the flow of Qi is blocked or not in balance between the meridians, symptoms of poor health arise. Think of a hose carrying water from the tap but it has 14 hoses connected to it- like an irrigation  system. The tap is on at one end and the water pours out the 14 hoses evenly. Unless there are kinks or blockages  in the hoses. The aim of the acupuncture is to remove these kinks or impedences  to the normal flow of Qi along the meridians,  restores the normal harmonious flow- which then aims to restore health and wellbeing.

How acupuncture works

Acupuncture is a unique system of health care that is an integral part of a larger system of medicine known as  traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This natural form of medicine has been utilized for thousands of years and is based on the flow of vital energy through the body known as “qi”.

Acupuncture works by manipulating or balancing the qi within the patient.

I often like to think of acupuncture working like a tune-up. Like tuning a musical instrument or tuning up a car back to the manufactures specifications. In this way allowing the body to get back to it’s optimum performance.

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There isn’t a single theory that can clearly explain all the effects of acupuncture.  However, there are a number of scientific theories that describe the different effects that occur during  acupuncture treatment.

 




Personalised Approach

Everyone is different, the reason you have a particular health concern is not necessarily the reason someone else has that same condition. Because of this I take an individual and tailored approach to your care plan. Your care plan may include many Naturopathic approaches including :- positive lifestyle changes like making dietary changes, therapeutic exercise , sleep hygiene and stress reduction techniques. Balancing hormones, improving gut health, supporting adrenal function, and addressing nutritional deficiencies. Organising pathology testing, reading current tests that you may already have...and the list goes on, depending on your individual needs and situation. This is definitely not a cookie cutter approach.

I may even need to concurrently refer you to another healthcare professional for specific advice.

If required you will also receive pathology request forms via post or email, and pathology kits via post. These typically may include saliva testing for hormones, nutritional deficiency testing, hair mineral analysis, food sensitivity testing, complete digestive stool analysis to test lower gut function and range of other standard and functional tests. Please note tests are an extra cost, you will pay for these tests via the lab running the tests and its entirely your choice. Reports will be sent to me and we will then discuss the findings. And then additions to your initial appointment recommendations can be made with this new information.