Acupuncture is based on the idea that energy flows around the body and nourishes it, much like a river flows and nourishes the land. This vital energy is called Qi (chi)
Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Modern Scientific methods have shown Acupuncture to be effective for many different conditions.
Treatment MethodsChinese medicine uses more treatment methods than just needling. All these methods are different ways of influencing the movement and the quality of the Qi. The choice of treatment depends on the diagnosis of your condition from a Chinese Medical perspective.
Practitioners of Five Element Acupuncture try to use as few needles as possible within a treatment and the needle technique used is as light as possible.
This is basically a type of deep tissue massage designed expel heat and stagnation from the muscles. Within Chinese Medicine heat is thought of as a cause of disease.
This treatment is very effective for musculoskeletal problems, tight neck and shoulders from stress and for headaches that are related to such muscle tension. Arthritic pain can also be alleviated with Gua Sha.
Children respond particularly well to this simple treatment and often I show parents how to use this treatment for children with anxiety, hyperactivity or sleep problems.
It is also effective for alleviating colds and viral infections, especially if done when the first symptoms start to arise.