Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine which follows the principles of balancing two major energy forces within the body – yin (negative) and yang (positive).
This is so that all body systems can return to a state of homeostasis (balance) and facilitate the body’s ability to self-repair and restore physical and mental wellbeing.
These two energy forces are formed from the flow of ‘Qi’, a life-force energy that travels through energy channels (meridians) and central points (chakras). This energises organs, muscles, skin and all body systems.
An acupuncturist identifies Qi imbalances and uses fine needles on specific acupuncture points to rebalance the flow of Qi.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
In times of ill health, injury, emotional trauma, hormone imbalance, infection or stress the natural flow of Qi becomes disrupted. Some energy meridians or organs may not have enough Qi (weakness). There may also be energy blocks (stagnations) and some meridians and organs may contain too much Qi (excess).
Acupuncture helps to assess, identify and address the flow of Qi to ease up the physical and emotional aspects associated with any health issues.
The National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) has guidelines for the use of acupuncture within the NHS which includes headaches, migraines and other conditions involving chronic pain.
The benefits of acupuncture go far beyond aches and pains. This system of energy balancing nourishes all organs and body systems helping a wide range of ailments, supporting digestion, sleep pattern, menstrual regulation, skin health, mood disorders and generally improving your sense of wellbeing and vitality.
What does a typical acupuncture appointment look like?
First, you’ll discuss your health history and your main health complaints before assessing your pulse and tongue which provide a map of the energy imbalances needing to be addressed.
Wear clothing that allows access to your knees, lower legs and arms where most of the acupressure points are found. Once you are lying on a treatment couch the acupuncturist places very fine needles into relevant acupressure points and you’ll be left to relax while your Qi is rebalancing.
Additional techniques include heat lamps, moxa burning, cupping, skin rubbing/tapping and massage, and you may be recommended some Chinese or Western herbs or nutritional supplements.
How do I find an Acupuncturist that suits me?
Since acupuncture can be applied to such a diverse range of health conditions it’s not unusual for acupuncturist to gear their practice and training in specific areas of health.
Some acupuncturists focus on auto-immune conditions, others on pain and inflammation and some run established digestion, skin or fertility, pregnancy and IVF support clinics. Check to see if your condition is covered by the practitioner you are interested in.
You’ll also need to decide if Chinese or Western herbs (tea or tinctures) are something that you think you can commit to and be mindful that these remedies are an additional cost.
myTOM is the perfect place to search and find Acupuncturists!
It is always good to message the Practitioner before you book with them, which you can do directly on myTOM. Practitioners are usually willing to connect with you prior to booking to see if they can help.
Above all, you need to be comfortable with your decision. We recommend connecting with a few different practitioners until you are satisfied.
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