The Roots of Chinese Medicine
The practice of Chinese Medicine has evolved over a period of 4000 years. It was developed through introspection and meditation, reflection on nature, astute observation of patients along with a rich literature of case histories. Chinese Medicine considers health and disharmony within the broader context of our environment. The weather, our emotions, our personal history, food, exercise and work are all taken into account when assessing disruption to our health.
What is Qi?
The flow of Qi is fundamental to all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is our life force, or vital energy. It flows through various channels or meridians in the body.
The ancient sages studied how to cultivate and preserve one’s Qi to attain maximum health in old age. The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it’s roots lie in maintaining and re-establishing health and a sense of well-being, not curing disease.
Qi flows through Meridians in certain directions. Meridians are a network of flowing Qi that connect our environment and body surface with our internal organs. They link and interconnect our emotions and body functions. This means two things. Firstly, that if our organs aren’t functioning properly in relation to each other, sore points can occur on the surface of our body, often in distant places. Secondly, if our Qi flow is disrupted, we don’t ‘feel right’ in ourselves and our emotions are affected. The reverse is also true in that our emotional responses in life can affect the flow of our Qi. Acupuncture treats specific points on our skin surface to adjust the flow of Qi. Thus our body function and emotions change as the flow in our life force is re-established.
How Acupuncture works
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Very fine (disposable) needles are inserted into acupuncture points on meridians. They work to increase Qi flow in some areas, while unblocking its flow in other areas, or making it flow in the right direction. Acupuncture promotes self healing in the body. As the harmonious flow of one’s Qi is re-established, a person experiences a sense of well-being and ability to deal with life’s situations more effectively. This may not happen immediately as the effects of acupuncture are accumulative. As your body function changes a little with each treatment new perspectives on life are discovered. The eventual healing can be quite profound.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed when ill of course depends on the nature of the disharmony, one’s constitution, how long the disturbance has been present and one’s environment /life situation. Acute conditions (such a traumatic injury, withdrawal from addictions or emotional crisis) require more frequent treatments such as twice a week for a short time. Where as chronic conditions need a longer course of treatment that is paced to work with your response. This is something we work out together through a careful tracking of what is happening. Treatments are very individualised.
Some conditions acupuncture can help with are:
- Musculo-skeletal disturbances
- Menstrual problems, conception and fertility, menopause
- Lowered immunity and repeated colds, allergies, chronic tiredness
- IBS, and digestive problems
- Headaches, sinusitis, dizziness
- Chemotherapy side-effects and recovery from cancer
- Many chronic conditions
Acupuncture is a preventative medicine. You do not have to be sick to receive acupuncture. We live in a world that is constantly changing. Acupuncture for health maintenance helps us to adjust to life’s changes. Frequency of treatment may vary from once a month, to every six weeks or every 3 months for seasonal adjustments. You current health profile, predispositions and your health goals determine how often you need to come.
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