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How can acupuncture help you?

According to the TCM philosophy, a healthy body and mind are achieved through an unblocked flow of vital energy, also called Qi, throughout the body. In TCM, the organs are interconnected and work together via the flow of Qi: they control and influence each other by exchanging Qi and blood. An imbalance of Qi in one organ leads to a disharmony in the whole body.

This is why TCM aims at treating the person as a whole. The TCM doctor focuses on identifying the origin of the disease as well as its incidences on other organs. After a detailed diagnosis, the doctor comes up with a natural treatment to restore balance in the whole body which often involves acupuncture, cupping and massage.

Acupuncture is a healing method which consists of placing needles in the body, along the meridians. The meridians are the channels of the vital energy Qi. They connect the organs tissues and, when no disease occurs, they ensure an unblocked flow of Qi in the whole body. This allows the body to function properly and in a balanced way. However, when a blockage arises, the flow of Qi is perturbed thus the organs do not get the proper amount of Qi. This ultimately leads to imbalances, pains and often generates a disease.

The purpose of acupuncture therapy is to reduce or relieve pain. Acupuncture can be practiced for prevention of diseases, curing a disease but also promoting the health and well being in general. The acupuncturist inserts needles – usually made of stainless steel and measuring from 13 to 70 mm – on the defined acupuncture points – or acupoints. The process consists of restoring a free flow of Qi so that it can nourish and irrigate the tissues and organs in order to get a harmonious body back. Once the needles are in place, muscle aches (to different extents) or a feeling of warmth will arise and often spread further throughout the body. This is called the De-Qi sensation and is one of the deciding factors of a successful therapy. The De-Qi usually abates within several minutes if the needle is not further stimulated (depending on the specific therapy).

Acupuncture is an effective yet natural way to restore balance, heal the body and find peace of mind. The World Health Organization proved the positive therapeutic effect of acupuncture for the following diseases:

  • Headache and migraine, neck pain
  • Back pain, low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tinnitus
  • Insomnia, depression
  • Acute and chronic diseases
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Allergies
  • Digestive disorders
  • Skin diseases
  • Birth preparation
  • Stress
  • Weight loss
  • Addiction recovery (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, coffee)
  • Irregular menstruation, PMS
  • Low fertility and infertility in men and women

 

The regular acupuncture treatment can be complemented by:

  • Electro stimulation - needles are electrically stimulated by various frequencies and voltages.
  • Moxibustion - needles are heated by attaching and burning a piece of rolled up herbal cigar (this therapy cannot be offered in every clinic due to the presence of fire prevention systems).
  • Acupressure – acupuncture practiced with the pressure of fingers.
  • Cupping – where cups create a negative pressure on top of the skin to increase the micro-metabolism.

 

The practice of acupuncture has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a successful treatment method for various disorders. In the Western philosophy, acupuncture works because the needles on the acupoints stimulate the nervous system which generates the productions of certain chemicals in the body. Those chemicals change the perception of pain or help the organs to regulate themselves. Nonetheless, acupuncture is an effective yet natural way to restore balance, heal the body and find peace of mind.

Acupuncture is an invasive technique which enables doctors to treat the patient effectively, as naturally as possible. Body & Soul – Medical Clinics offer acupuncture sessions by experienced acupuncturists with more than 25 years of experience - don't hesitate to make an appointment.

Please click to find more about our acupuncturists, Catherine Du, Jessie Yan, Su Li Min and Xu Xiang Dong.