ACUPUNCTURE - TCM
Want a tried and tested medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for thousands of years!
Did you know that in China, you don’t pay your doctor if you get sick? TCM is preventative medicine so if you get sick they’re not doing their job!!
Acupuncture is just one branch of TCM, other branches include Herbal Medicine, Massage, Meditation, exercise, diet & Lifestyle advice
The benefits of Acupuncture & T.C.M
- Traditional Chinese medicine is a powerful, safe, and drug free system of medicine recognized by the World Health Organisation for its effectiveness in over 100 health complaints.
- The Chinese medical practitioner moves beyond simply treating symptoms by identifying the underlying causes of your ailments and balancing your system as a whole.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Chinese Medicine has spread to every country in the world. In China it is effectively used alongside Western Medicine in almost every hospital.
Acupuncture is a fully comprehensive & evolved branch of TCM, which also includes: Herbal Medicine, Tui Na Massage, Acupressure, Qigong, Cupping, Moxabustion, Diet & Lifestyle advice.
There are over 300 acupuncture points on the body surface all of which activate different energetic functions of the body, as in Chinese terms all ill-health is caused by an imbalance in the energies of the person.
Acupuncture works by the insertion of very fine gauge sterilised single use needles into areas of the body where the skin has a low electrical resistance. With skill & patience this work will re-balance your energy, and it both promotes & maintains health.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture can be used to treat most health problems; it can work physically, emotionally, psychologically & spiritually.
The World Health Organization confirms that acupuncture is effective for over 100 conditions. Below are listed the most common problems & diseases treated in Chinese Medicine Clinics:
Acne, Anxiety, Asthma, Back pain, Digestive problems,
Dizziness, Eczema, Frozen shoulder, Hair loss, Headache, Impotence,
Infertility, Insomnia, Oedema, Pain, Palpitations, Panic attacks,
Respiratory problems, Sciatica, Sports injuries, Stress, Tennis elbow,
Tinnitus, Tiredness, Urinogenital problems, Gynecological problems.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK?
The good news is that many people experience a significant change after 1 treatment, however on average 4-6 treatments are the norm to effect a significant & lasting change.
Ultimately the number of times you will need to be treated will depend on many things e.g. how long you have been suffering this condition, how serious the condition is, how tired you are, how frequently you can come for treatment, how much effort you can put into your own healing etc.
During your first treatment your practitioner should give you an idea of what your treatment would entail if you wish to go ahead with it.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION?
A session usually lasts an hour or an hour and a half for the first consultation. To begin with the practitioner will take your medical history and ask you to provide further details about the condition you would like to address and areas that could be negatively impacting upon this such as sleep patterns, stress levels etc.
Some of these questions you will expect & some you may not. It should be pointed out that when answering these questions you should be as forthright as possible, as with Chinese Medicine ‘honesty is the best policy’. The more accurate the picture you paint of yourself the better able the practitioner is to tailor a treatment for your absolute benefit.
After this your pulse & your tongue will be checked &then needles are carefully placed in position & retained for various periods of time.
During the course of your treatment you may also receive additional Chinese medicine therapies where required.
These include Moxa treatment (where a shouldering stick of compacted herbs is held close to the needles, or acupuncture points, as a heat treatment), Cupping (where glass cups are placed on the body in a way which creates therapeutic suction) or Tui Na Massage a Chinese massage technique which may be applied in cases where the problem is more physical. Diet & Lifestyle advice may be given in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine theory.
We have a number of Acupuncturists at the Dublin Holistic Centre, they all have a unique style and specialise in certain areas of Acupuncture for example fertility, acute and chronic pain, addiction etc. Some of our therapists may also prescribe Chinese Herbs to be taken between Acupuncture sessions to prolong and amplify the effect of your needle treatment. If you are unsure which therapist will be right for you please contact reception for further details.
Your practitioner will finally advise you on how often you need to come for treatment, this can be daily, weekly, twice monthly etc, the frequency will depend on your condition.