Have you been hearing about this thing called 'Acupuncture' but not quite sure what it is or what it can treat?
I’m sure you’ve heard of it - the odd Chinese therapy where someone sticks pins in you. I grew up in a household that used Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as the main source of treatment for all ailments and so to me it seems like such a simple, safe and effective treatment method. For others though, I know it can sound a bit strange.
How does Acupuncture work?
In a nutshell?
What that means is that Acupuncture accesses your nervous system. By inserting needles into certain points on the body, your Acupuncturist stimulates your nerve pathways to create a specific effect. Some points have an analgesic effect (for pain relief), other points can stimulate your immune system, while different points calm the nervous system. It also helps to stimulate certain hormones, such as melatonin to help you sleep, or insulin to help your energy levels stay balanced. For example, the classic point LI-4 (in between the thumb and first finger) is over the neural pathway that go to the jaw. By stimulating that point your Acupuncturist can decrease jaw and tooth pain - perfect if you’ve about to go to the dentist!
So….why get Acupuncture?
Now, no treatment is 100% effective 100% of the time, but I think that Acupuncture comes pretty darn close.
Acupuncture is amazing for pain relief and a fantastic to release any muscular aches and pains. It helps to release tight muscles, melt trigger points and increase the levels of endorphins to switch off the pain centres in the brain. If you've had an injury it is a great addition to your rehabilitation routine.
You will sleep oh-so-much better after an Acupuncture session. Not only will your nervous system be regulated, but your sleep/wake cycles will start to adjust themselves, regardless of whether you’re been treated specifically for insomnia or not
Did you know that Acupuncture can help to stabilise an iffy tummy? Regardless of your digestive troubles (whether it be IBS, GORD, Crohn’s or leaky gut), Chinese Medicine can help to get you back on track.
If you’ve been feeling stressed or under the pump, Acupuncture can help you to regain a sense of internal balance and calm. Acupuncture helps to down-regulate your sympathetic nervous system - what this means is that it calms you right down. By incorporating Acupuncture with some lifestyle modifications you’ll begin to feel like a whole new you after a few treatments.
Chinese medicine is a fantastic treatment for fertility or hormonal issues. So iIf you’re thinking about beginning a family or extending the one you have, Acupuncture (often combined with herbs) is a fantastic way to boost your fertility. Or if you’re using IVF, Chinese medicine has been shown to boost the effectiveness of your Western medicine treatments by up to 60%.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have recently been found to be effective in helping to boost your mood if you’ve been experiencing depression, anxiety or simply a case of the blues.
If you’ve been contemplating cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a simple, pain free and effective way to boost the collagen and elastin in your skin, minimise fine lines and generally give your skin a ‘lift'. It also helps to minimise rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis!
Colds and flus can hit you super quickly but there are a few tricks that Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have to combat them. Acupuncture, herbal medicine and therapies like Gua Sha can help to bolster your immune system, clear away aches and pains and generally give your body a boost to fight off the looming cold. This way your body can fight it off and clear it up quickly!
Headaches and migraines can be caused by a range of different issues, poor posture, stress, previous injuries - the list is endless! Acupuncture can help to relieve the immediate pain of a headache or migraine and then get to the root of the issue as to why they are occurring.
Anyone who has experienced allergies, asthma and sinus problems knows how tricky they are to treat long-term. Acupuncture can give you quick relief (and the ability to breathe) while herbal treatments can give you long-term help. There are also a few sneaky Acupuncture points that can be used at home for symptomatic relief!
If you’ve got any questions, queries or would like to find out how Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you, feel free to get in touch via phone (1300 067 836 / 0408 402 512) or via email (email@example.com).