Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Types:

  • traditional body acupuncture
  • with electrical stimulation (suitable for muscular/neurological problems)
  •  ear acupuncture (suitable for smoking addiction, weight loss and stress treatment)
  •  facial cosmetic acupuncture
  • with added cupping therapy (suitable for improving the blood circulation, detoxification, and treatment of constipation, oedema or muscular tightness).

What is it?

Acupuncture is a part of the Chinese medicine system, originating over 2,000 years ago. It consists of inserting fine sterilised needles in key points along the body, which balances the patient’s flow of energy (known in Chinese medicine as “qi”, and believed to be the basis of a person’s health).

Modern research has found that Acupuncture works by the following mechanism: the needles stimulate the subcutaneous nerves, which then send signals to different parts of the brain, which regulates the function of glands such as the pituitary and the thyroid glands, which triggers the release of various chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, etc.

By regulating the endocrine system in this way, acupuncture achieves the following effects:
— relieves pain and inflammation
— increases the body’s pain tolerance
— improves the blood circulation and speeds up the elimination of toxins
— strengthens the immune system
— achieves hormonal balance
— induces mental and emotional relaxation

It is important to note that Acupuncture is safe for pregnant women if the practitioner is trained on which acupuncture points to avoid.


Problems acupuncture can help


Due to its holistic nature, Acupuncture is successfully used to treat hundreds of disorders. Here are some of its most common uses:
✓ chemotherapy – induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
✓ dental pain
✓ headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
✓ low back pain and neck pain
✓ osteoarthritis
✓ menstrual cramps
✓ respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
✓ infertility (male and female)
✓ mental-emotional conditions, such as stress and insomnia
✓ gastro-intestinal conditions, such as constipation, diarrhoea, IBS
✓ neurological disorders such as facial palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia


Сontraindications


• drug or alcohol intoxication
• use of a pacemaker
• a seizure disorder
• bleeding disorder such as hemophilia or use of blood thinners
• infectious skin disorder or disease