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Acupuncture is part of an ancient Chinese system of medicine dating back over 5000 years to the Bronze age. Acupuncture utilises metallic needling of various points on the body to cause a change in the flow of energy- blockages of which are thought to cause physical diseases. While modern science has not been able to image or measure this flow of energy (called “Chi”), we in the West might make sense of the idea of energy by thinking of it in terms of electrochemical signals that are transmitted along nerves and between various tissues. Congestion, inflammation and scar tissue might alter normal signal transmission and thereby cause various degenerative conditions. We know for a fact that one of the effects of acupuncture is a release of endorphins (pain blocking chemicals) from the brain- which probably explains some of the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory attributes of acupuncture.
For those wishing to try Acupuncture, safety and hygiene are of the utmost importance at our clinic. We use only the best quality Seirin Japanese Stainless steel needles, that are Gamma radiated sterile. All needles are disposed of and never reused, ensuring the highest standards of safety to our patients. For those who don’t like needles, we also have electro-acupuncture (without needles), as well as cupping and magnet acupuncture techniques.
Acupuncture has been used for a wide range of health complaints in Asia for thousands of years. While the West still views acupuncture as an alternative medicine, in China traditional medicine practitioners spend the same length of time in training as conventional medical doctors. Indeed, the two groups co-manage patients within the Chinese university, hospital and medical system and there is no sense of antagonism between modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Where one fails, patients are encouraged to try the other, but often they will undergo treatment from both systems of healing. More and more people are trying acupuncture to help manage back pain such as in acute disc bulges and sprains and strains, but also in systemic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions; fertility problems; chronic fatigue and stress.