Acupuncture is a time-honoured, natural form of healing handed down to us from ancient China over thousands of years. It is said to have the incredible power to heal, re-energise, refocus & maintain good health & wellbeing. What’s more is research has linked the practice to some serious health benefits & it's gaining momentum in the world of mainstream medicine, particularly as a secondary treatment to conventional medicine.
What to expect
The session begins with a consultation where you discuss your medical past, family history, needs & your specific areas of concern. The Practitioner will conduct an examination (it’s normal for them to check your tongue & pulse) then after establishing how the “qi” is moving in your body, develop a treatment program specifically designed just for you. They’ll also take time to explain how everything works & address any concerns or worries you might have.
Let’s discuss the needles. We’re talking the width of a hair. Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion & movement of very tiny, sterile, disposable needles at specific points on the body. After insertion, you lie on a table for between 10-30 minutes where you’ll experience a sensation of calm, warmth & tingling. Acupuncture is extremely relaxing, so much so that many folks fall asleep. Most people do not feel pain –although sometimes you might feel a little “qi” sensation (called a zing) – but it’s fleeting.
There are over 300 acupuncture points in the body however a Practitioner typically only uses between 4-20 needles per treatment. An ititial treatment typically lasts 60-90 minutes depending upon your needs & follow-up sessions are between 30-60 minutes. After the session, it’s important to listen to the Practitioner’s advice, keep hydrated & maintain any follow-up appointments as part of the prescribed treatment.
It’s essential to only consult a certified Acupuncturist. MojoGuru Practitioners must pass strict certification & global operating standards plus they're very patient-centred, value your time, answer your questions & make you feel safe.
Acupuncture has withstood the test of time for over 5,000 years & remains today as a widely used pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin & yan of the life force known as gi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians & energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.
Acupuncture points are seen by Western Practitioners as places where nerves, muscles & connective tissue can be stimulated. Acupuncture Practitioners say that the stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers.
Promising research results have emerged in support of the effectiveness of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea & vomiting & in post-operative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome & asthma where acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.
There are actually many different varieties of acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) typically combines acupuncture with Chinese herbs.
Classical acupuncture (also known as five element acupuncture) uses a different needling technique & relies on acupuncture independent of the use of herbs.
Japanese acupuncture uses smaller needles than the other varieties.
Medical acupuncture refers to acupuncture practiced by a conventional medical doctor.
Auricular acupuncture treats the entire body through acupuncture points in the ears only.
Electro-acupuncture uses electrical currents attached to acupuncture needles.
However acupuncture isn’t just about needles. Other methods of stimulation are also considered forms of "acupuncture" including the use of heat from the burning of herbs placed on specific points ("moxibustion") & the placement of herbal pastes on specific points.
Chinese medicine theory believes that the human body contains a network of energy pathways which vital energy called "chi" (aka qi) circulates. These pathways are called "meridians” which contain specific "points" that function like gates circulating chi as it flows through the body. Acupuncture needles are inserted into these points to regulate the flow of chi through the meridians.
Illness & symptoms are believed to be caused by problems like a blockage or improper flow of chi through the meridians. Good health is considered an indication of the proper circulation of chi - a state of "balance" or "harmony." Chi is believed to have subtle qualities (sometimes referred to as "elements"), which can be in balance or out of balance, causing symptoms.
Western science has determined that the meridians and points identified in Chinese medicine coincide with anatomical features that can be observed with scientific instruments. For example, electrically-charged particles called "ions" have been found to flow through "ionic streambeds" that correspond with the meridians just beneath the surface of the skin. Acupuncture points have been found to emit light, which can be detected with sensitive laboratory equipment.
The chi proposed by Chinese medicine theory is not electricity and is not directly detectable with scientific instruments. Western science has studied electrical phenomena (ions, electrons, electrical energy) that occur with acupuncture. These phenomena are detectable and appear to accompany the circulation of chi through the body.
Acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat some health conditions, including pain. However, the mechanism of action remains unclear. Endogenous opioid-mediated mechanisms of electro-acupuncture as used in China only appear to explain how acupuncture works in part. Acupuncture is purported to also affect the brain's reward systems as well as blood flow in the skin, muscles, and nerves. Research has also shown regional effects on neurotransmitter expression.
Note: MojoGuru does not recommend any treatment, therapy or particular provider. We do not recommend that you self-diagnose. If you are suffering from a health condition and before starting a new treatment or therapy, we do recommend that you first consult a GP. More