Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese Medicine and has been practiced in the East for more than 2000 years. This ancient form of Eastern medicine offers a different perspective to that of the West. It focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s root imbalance and the underlying cause of disease as opposed to Western medicine which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s signs and symptoms. Acupuncture is a natural and effective form of treatment and complements patients going through any Western medicine treatment.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture focuses on harmonising and rebalancing Qi (energy) which flows throughout pathways (meridians) within the body. Illness or disease can occur when our Qi becomes depleted or blocked. This is due to a range of lifestyle issues, such as physical or emotional trauma, seasonal change, overwork, fatigue, diet and exercise.
How is Treatment Carried out?
To understand a patient’s Qi a reading is taken of their pulse and tongue which helps the planning of treatment. Fine disposable sterile needles are placed in chosen acupuncture points along one or more of the channel pathways. Depending on the complaint the needles can sometimes stay in for 10 -20 minutes to help to clear, move or nourish and tonify the patients Qi.
What is an Acupuncture appointment like?
First Appointment: A consultation will take place lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. During this appointment it is necessary to collect information regarding a patient’s main complaint, lifestyle and functioning of the bodily systems. These questions allow the practitioner to discern the root cause of a patient’s imbalance and create an effective treatment plan.
Reading of the pulse and observations of the tongue are conducted in order to assess the patient’s internal energy and enabling a plan of treatment to be created
Lastly, with the use of very fine, disposable needles treatment takes place, using the appropriate acupuncture points. Needles can be left between 10-20 minutes.
Following Appointments: Treatment takes place after a brief consultation including pulse and tongue readings. The appointment lasts no longer than 60 minutes. The number of treatments needed, range from a few times a week to once a month depending on the nature of patient’s main complaint and feedback.
Moxa, Cupping and Guasha: Needles are not the only tool which Acupuncturist use in any one treatment, other mediums such as Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha are frequently used and especially helpful in muscular skeletal complaints. Click here to read more.