What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine, which has been used in China for the last 3000 years. Its effectiveness is now accepted in various countries including New Zealand, especially as more people in our society dislike taking medical drugs.

Acupuncture aims at treating the person, along with the disease. This means that the acupuncturist looks at the patient as a whole, finds the cause of the illness and the imbalance in the body causing it.

With its unique system of diagnosis, an acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also take a case history of past illnesses and familial tendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient’s health.

Treatment by acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into a few carefully selected points on the body.

Needle sterilization practiced by registered acupuncturists complies with standards set by the New Zealand Department of Health.

Please inform your practitioner if you are pregnant, have a history of HIV, Hepatitis, or other medical conditions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

A whole medical system that was documented in China by the 3rd Century B.C. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on a concept of vital energy, or Qi, that is believed to flow throughout the body.

It is proposed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of Yin (negative energy) and Yang (positive energy).

Disease is proposed to result from the flow of Qi being disrupted and Yin and Yang becoming unbalanced.

Among the components of Traditional Chinese Medicine are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.

How Acupuncture Works

Traditional Chinese Medicine describes pathways of the energy flowing through the body, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. Disease occurs when some factor disrupts the normal flow of the life force. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow of life forces and re-establish health.

Rigorous scientific research has also confirmed that acupuncture promotes the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain, regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow, release natural anti-inflammatory, relax and elevate mood.

Read World Health Organization materials for clinical research in acupuncture, with aim to encourage the use of systemic laboratory and clinical studies as a way of validating acupuncture, improving its acceptability to modern medicine, and thus extending its use as a simple, inexpensive, and effective therapeutic option.

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