Acupuncture, or Chinese acupuncture, has been used for the last 2,500 years as a main staple of the Chinese healthcare system. It’s seen as beneficial for all sorts of illnesses – both physical and emotional. At Acupuncture That Works we are specially trained to administer acupuncture so you can really feel the benefits.
What is Chinese acupuncture?
In a nutshell, Chinese acupuncture is based on energy flow patterns or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Disrupted Qi is believed to cause disease, illness, stress and many other mental and physical complaints. Acupuncture is used to stimulate and divert Qi to certain points on the skin, thus “unblocking” any disruptions. Slim metallic needles penetrate the skin and are manipulated using either electrical or manual stimulation. Acupuncture remains extremely popular in China, as well as Japan, Korea and even the USA.
What is Chinese acupuncture used for?
Chinese acupuncture is commonly used for pain related conditions such as arthritis, shoulder/neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. However, Chinese acupuncture is also used to treat conditions including:
- Ear, nose and throat: Sore throats, tinnitus, hay fever, earache, sinusitis.
- Addictions: Smoking, drugs, alcohol, food.
- Gynaecological: PMS, endometriosis, menopause, impotence, infertility, bladder infections, fibroids, morning sickness.
- Circulatory: High cholesterol, high blood pressure, anaemia, angina.
- Immune system: Allergies, MS, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis.
- Gastrointestinal: IBS, food intolerances/allergies, gastritis, diarrhoea, stomach ulcers, constipation.
- Emotional: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress.
- Respiratory: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, common cold, flu.
- Musculoskeletal: Back pain, migraines, muscle spasms, sprains.
What are the possible side effects of Chinese acupuncture?
As with all medical procedures, Western and Eastern, there are potential side effects. Chinese acupuncture side effects may include:
- Fatigue: Feeling drained after an acupuncture session is a possible side effect. However, that’s just your body telling you to rest. Once you get some sleep, you’ll wake up feeling very
- Slight soreness: The needles may cause a small amount of achiness – especially in the hands and feet. This only lasts for 24 hours and should completely disappear.
- Lightheadedness: You may feel a bit “drunk” after your Chinese acupuncture session. Make sure you eat before the procedure to combat dizziness and light-headedness.
- Overwhelming emotions: Acupuncture is a form of mental and physical release. Some people may cry or feel an overwhelming rush of emotions. This is nothing to worry about – it just means the session has been very successful!