How can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture offers individual, tailored treatments to reduce symptoms associated with many health disorders.
According to Chinese medicine theory, the body’s Qi (or energy) flows through the body along specific pathways (meridians) and connects the body’s tissues with internal organs. Imbalances in this energy such as blockage or weakness can cause pain, disease, or a range of different symptoms. Your consultation includes a careful and detailed assessment so that your treatment will consist of a specific set of points along these meridians, stimulated to promote a clear flow of energy which leads to better health. An acupuncture point may be selected to treat a problem at its local area, or because of its specific effect on the internal organ that’s connected to the meridian. Your treatment may also include some cupping, moxibustion, electroacupuncture or massage depending on the nature of your condition and our experience of what works best.
Acupuncture will also treat underlying energy imbalances so recurrence is less likely.
Acupuncture also offers maintenance treatment for chronic disorders to promote a more comfortable way of living.
It can be used as a form of preventative medicine because energy imbalances can be treated before disease emerges and manifests.
How many treatments?
The number and frequency depends on various factors:
duration and severity of the condition, your age, constitution and the desired outcome
Your practitioner, Tanya Newton, is concerned with all aspects of your health - your body, mind and emotions. Details of your medical, surgical and family history are highly relevant, as are your lifestyle, exercise habits, diet and work. The look and geography of your tongue and the characteristics of your pulse are an important part of the diagnosis. They give Tanya more information about what is going on inside your body.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain. Research indicates that acupuncture works by reducing inflammation, improving micro-circulation, stimulating endorphin release (the body’s own pain killing chemicals), and calming the nervous system.
Acupuncture has been found to be helpful in alleviating symptoms of a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. While it is not possible to provide a complete list of possible benefits and conditions treated here, there is a growing body of research evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for a variety of health conditions. Here are some of them:
Gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation and irritable bowel (1)(2)
Painful musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic low back pain, sports injuries, knee osteoarthritis pain and fibromyalgia (3)(4)(5)
Chronic and tension-type headaches(6) and migraines (7)
Allergic rhinitis (8), sinusitis, colds and flus.
Insomnia, anxiety, and stress management (9)(10).
Issues affecting male and female fertility(11)(12)
(1) Comparison of electroacupuncture and medical treatment for functional constipation: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28630049
(2) Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Manheimer E, Wieland LS, Cheng K, et al. Am J Gastroenterol 2012; 107:835-847 http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(12)01497-7
(3) Complementary medicine for low back pain : what is the scientific evidence ? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28643968
(4) Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial
(5) Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee, A Review of RCTs
(6) A summary of a Cochrane Review: Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27818716
(7) Acupuncture modulates the abnormal brainstem activity in migraine without aura patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28580293
(8) Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Volume 115, Issue 4, October 2015, Pages 317–324.e1 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1081120615003427
(9) Efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment on primary insomnia: a randomized controlled trial. Sleep med. 2017 Sep;37:193-200. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2017.02.012. Epub 2017 Mar 8.
(10) Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders – a systematic literature review. http://aim.bmj.com/content/25/1-2/1.short
Acupuncture for anxiety. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics. N. Errington-Evans. Volume 18, Issue 4 April 2012 Pages 277–284 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00254.x/full
(11) Acupuncture and Sperm; The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for poor semen quality in infertile males: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ui Min Jerng et al, Asian J Androl. 2014 Nove-Dec; 16(6):884-891
(12) Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomised controlled trial. Johansson J et al, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May 1; 304(9):E934-43
This treatment should produce a very mild sensation in the form of a dull ache, a heavy sensation or a sensation of movement. This is a sign the needle is in place and is doing its work.
The feeling is often described as relieving, relaxing, and even enjoyable, not unlike a deep massage. It is not uncommon for patients to become relaxed enough that they fall asleep.
The needles are extremely fine so insertion does not give the same sharpness or “sting” that an injection or blood test does. It’s rare for patients to experience any discomfort from acupuncture, and thanks to the fineness of the needles, it’s more common to barely feel them at all.