Acupuncture, a traditional medicine of China, has been practised widely over the last 3,000 years and has developed an unique understanding of the energy of the body.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment which uses fine needles to stimulate pathways of energy which run beneath the surface of the skin. By balancing the energy of the body, acupuncture helps to restore health and vitality.
Chinese medicine approaches disease in a fundamentally different way from Western medicine. Chinese medicine looks at not only the disease symptoms, but also the age, habits, physical and emotional traits of an individual
to form an overall picture of the patient. Health is considered a state of harmony between physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.
Traditional acupuncture includes the use of
subtle diagnostic techniques that have been
developed and refined for centuries. These will
include a consultation about a person's complaint,
the taking of the pulse, and observation of the
tongue. Treatments are based on the individual, not
their illness, and symptoms are seen in relation to
each other. Each patient is unique; two people with
the same western diagnosis may well receive
different acupuncture treatments.
A principle of treatment is that illness and pain
occur when there is an obstruction or misalignment
to the flow of the body's qi, or vital energy. There
can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical
stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are
among the most common. Through the use of specific
acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist
seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore
balance and trigger the body's natural healing
Treatment is once a week or fortnightly
initially, then at longer intervals as needed. The
number of treatments will depend on the problem and
response of the patient.
For more information about acupuncture treatment,
please contact Tamara Kircher.