"To treat pain and injury you must first start at the beginning"
What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
TCM Acupuncture is a traditional system that originates from Eastern cultures and requires an extensive foundation of training that can take 3-5 years to begin and a lifetime to master.
The high standards of practice to become a TCM practitioner enable the treatment of many physical and emotional symptoms making it a very cost effective means of recovery due to its application of the the body and mind as a whole.
There are also modern systems called 'Medical Acupuncture' often performed by a GP, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist which has proved to be effective for musculo-skeletal pain but not internal conditions like anxiety, IBS, insomnia, etc.
The training can be completed in a very short space of time, sometimes as little as 3 days and lacks the training and knowledge of TCM Acupuncture. I do not recommend this type of Acupuncture due to the lack of training and experience.
Please check before you have treatment by anyone claiming to do Acupuncture. Some are very good, but be cautious. My training, credentials and approved awarding bodies information can be found here.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
What if i don't like needles?
Every care is taken with those attending Acupuncture for the first time, once you have experienced the positive effects of Acupuncture this is much easier to understand.
Over many generations of scholars and centuries of examination it was discovered that certain pathways and points on the body were effected during ill health. These pathways are often called 'meridian channels' very much like our blood vessels that carry blood and our fascia tissues that connect the whole body as one.
When an injury or illness occurs, the balance of chi is effected and these pathways can become less efficient at transporting all the good stuff we need to feel good health.
This process can cause pain, or a lack or energy in specific function of the body causing illness to arise. TCM treatment aims to diagnose the root cause of disturbances and apply various methods like Acupuncture, Tui Na Massage, heat therapy and the use of herbs to help correct and restore balance.
The scientific concept of 'Chi' is much the same as the western concept of Quantum Physics and requires lengthy study to gain the correct understanding. It can be a lifetime of study and dedication for some. It can also be seen in it's simplicity as a system of health that follows closely with the elements of nature and the natural quality of life's changes.
The history of TCM treatment is very interesting to study. Historical discoveries show that a formal system of medical treatment have existing as far back as 5000 years, much old than our own western medicine systems.
By observing how the body reacts to natural forces like wind, cold, damp and heat, past practitioners could begin to see patterns of how illness and injury transpired. The effects of the emotions, diet, exercise and medication all have an effect on the human body causing a continued adjustment of balance (homeostasis).
Sometimes we do not have the means or time to relax and heal ourselves properly, in modern times life is very demanding and we rarely have any time for peace and quiet, let alone time to rest, exercise and sleep.
The application of Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to correct these Imbalances and promote the natural healing process by restoring deficient energy ( caused by stress, over work, poor diet, chronic Illness) or removing excessive energy (caused by excessive lifestlyes, repressed emotions, rich diet, over Indulgence)
The application of inserting needles into specific points along these channels is thought to unblock, reduce or promote the flow of energy in these channels to help relieve pain and the symptoms of many physical and mental conditions.
Both Chinese Medicine and Indian Aryuvedic Medcine are applied holistically, meaning that the history of your health is of great importance, your lifestyle, diet, emotional life and current symptoms. All these factors are belong to the 'landscape' of your present health. It is this reason that traditional methods seem to benefit many conditions that western medicine fails to have a positive effect.
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