What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help both in treating illness as well as preventing the onset of disease and maintaining general health. The treatment involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles through the skin at specific points on the body.
In terms of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to balance the body’s elements, the yin and yang. This vital rebalancing optimizes overall wellbeing.
The needle insertions seek to channel the vital energy that flows within the human body, known as qi. This qi passes throughout the body along a network of channels. By removing the blockages in these meridian channels and improving the flow of qi, it regulates the function of the body’s tissues and organs.
Stimulating these qi pathways with needles can release neurotransmitters, stimulate nerve endings, and alter brain function. Acupuncture regulates the body’s physiological functions, which can help produce an analgesic effect or protect the body against infections.
Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, from children to the elderly. It is commonly used in conjunction with conventional medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions. The treatment can help the body fight inflammation and heal itself.
The practice has been shown to boost the body’s natural painkillers, since it targets opioid receptors in the brain. It can also help with joint problems, tendonitis, headaches, migraines and even issues such as respiratory and digestive disorders.
The reaction to treatment is unique with every patient. Acute problems usually require fewer treatments, whereas chronic conditions may be more complex or longer to treat.
Most patients find the process very restful and relaxing. They may experience a sense of weight, heat or movement around the area of needle insertion. The process is virtually painless, with at most a mild aching sensation when the needle reaches the appropriate depth. Once the needles are in position, there is usually no pain.
Acupuncture is a foundational element of traditional Chinese medicine and has likely been practiced for over 3,000 years. Its first record as a system for diagnosis and treatment dates to a Chinese medical treatise, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. It then made its way to Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
The 14 main meridians of the body’s qi were first described in translation by a French diplomat to China, and the term meridian made its way into English. Acupuncture grew in popularity in the West in the 20th century, though there are indications a similar practice may have developed in Europe independently.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Acupuncture is effective in treating conditions of both children and adults, such as:
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About Wendy Lam
Wendy is a Holistic Physiotherapist with extensive training in both Hong Kong and the United States. She integrates Physiotherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy, Acupuncture and other gentle and effective healing modalities to facilitate optimum recovery and healing in children and adult patients.
With her years of practice, Wendy finds that every individual needs a different “formula” or treatment protocol to help with their specific problem. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, sports, injury or posture-related, with or without numbness or referred pain, she believes that understanding the uniqueness of the individual and the interconnection of different parts of the body helps yield more desirable outcomes.
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