Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
A Time-Honoured Practice
The origins of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, TCM & acupuncture are effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
TCM & Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the art and practice of inserting very fine hair-like sterile acupuncture needles into the skin to stimulate acupuncture points to create a therapeutic healing response.
Acupuncture points are stimulated to encourage your body to come back to a place of balance, to help your body restore its health and prevent disease in the future.
Here at Dharma Health, with your consent Rebecca may use any of the following treatment methods during a consultation:
- Dry Needling
- Massage (Tui Na -Chinese remedial massage or Swedish)
- Patent herbal formulas (pre-packaged Chinese herbal pills)
What will it feel like?
Acupuncture can produce many responses it can be relaxing, calming, soothing, or invigorating. The result will depend on why you came and what was done.
The big question will it hurt? Usually you will feel some pressure from the needle cover before the needle is inserted, insertion is most times painless! When the acupuncture point is stimulated it is common to feel a warm radiating sensation from the point.
What should I expect on my first visit?
First a detailed history is taken, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is a holistic therapy unlike western medicine we do not segment the body, it is taken as a whole, it is all connected, so some questions may seem strange at the time, but are used to help diagnose what is happening in your body. We also like to look at your tongue and take your pulse.
A treatment plan is then made and explained, then with your consent of the methods to be used, we take the first step to finding a better you.
Most times you will be given homework to help build momentum to get you better quicker.
How many treatments will I need?
It would depend on why you came in, how broken you are when you start, and then on what you do to help yourself at home.
We need to build healing momentum at the start so treatments would usually be twice a week, as you show improvement, treatments get further apart. The more homework you do, the quicker this happens.
Once health is restored, maintenance program are usually recommend so that you never need end up in your initial state again, think of it like servicing a car, it breaks down less if you look after it.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture treat?
The short answer EVERYTHING!
We are not saying we can cure cancer or diabetes or anything like that, but acupuncture is all about bringing the body back to a state of harmony and balance, therefore we can treat cause of anything reducing the symptoms to help restore health.
Science has finally began to recognise the power of Acupuncture with more and more studies being undertaken.
What we Use Acupuncture to Treat?
- Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease.
- High or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
- Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
- Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyper-acidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, and weight control.
- Cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
- Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
- Skin problems such as: Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
- Lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, ‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow’.
- Sporting Injuries such as: Sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
- Depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
* The disorders above which appear in bold have been recognised by the World Health Organisation (December 1979) as having been successfully treated by acupuncture. The disorders which do not appear in bold above are other common disorders which have been found to respond well to acupuncture.