What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, a medical practice based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, is carried out by an Acupuncturist who inserts thin, solid and flexible stainless steel needles into the body to help relieve a variety of symptoms and to provide pain relief. Acupuncture treatments involve stimulating specific lines, acupuncture points or neural zones on or under the skin’s surface.
History & philosophy of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been an integral part of the medical practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2,500 years.
The first written description of diagnosis and treatment using acupuncture needles appears in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, written around 300 BC in China. The Chinese developed the practice, creating needles with bamboo, and metals like copper, silver, iron, bronze, or gold.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the body’s life forces, is termed Qi (pronounced chee). It is understood to flow along 12 to 14 pathways called meridians, between and through the surface of the body (skin, fascia, muscle, bone) and its internal organs. An imbalance or disruption to this flow of energy can trigger illness.
Traditional Chinese medicine theory claims that the human body has between 365 to 2,000 nerve-rich acupuncture points that together create pathways (meridians) of microcirculation and physiological action. Stimulating these acupuncture points, zones and meridians is considered to release blockages and restore the body’s own balance. It is also a way of engaging the somatosensory system. Acupuncture is often used to encourage blood circulation to an area and reduce pain.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
According to an evidence-based review of clinical literature, acupuncture can assist in treating a wide number of physical, neurological, mental and emotional ailments:
Acute pain- acupuncture can provide an immediate analgesic effect for acute pain conditions, such as tendinitis, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), sciatica, acute lower back pain, and postoperative pain.
Allergic rhinitis, acute sinusitis and the common cold
Dental pain – this includes toothaches, post-extraction pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, TMJ clicking and locking, chronic muscle pain or spasms, or nerve pain.
Anxiety and depression – Numerous studies show that acupuncture can decrease anxiety and enhance the effectiveness of certain antidepressants, helping selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) treatment work faster to increase serotonin levels. Acupuncture can also reduce the side effects of antidepressants.
Menstrual pain and irregularities
Pregnancy & Labour
Nausea and vomiting – Acupuncture can lessen nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy treatments and post-operation.
Insomnia -Acupuncture can help stimulate melatonin production, induce sleep onset, and reduce sleep disruption and arousal during the night.
What to expect at your consultation
Your time with Aurora will begin with a thorough and in-depth health consultation, where you will discuss your health history, current symptoms and complaints, and lifestyle influences. During the consultation Aurora will look for bodily signs of deficiency or ill health – this includes looking at your hands & nails, tounge and irisis. We use iridology and some simple in-clinic assessments to measure adrenal health, which can include checking your blood pressure and urine analysis.
Once a diagnosis has been reached, Aurora will then discuss the best treatment plan with you, which will include a combination of herbal medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, acupuncture, dietary therapy, massage or holistic counselling.