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What is Acupuncture?
Oriental bodywork (Anma - Tuina - Shiatsu)

Acupuncture & bodywork

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of a small group of very fine, sterilized needles in arms, legs, head and trunk. They do not inject anything into the body and are disposed of after each treatment. Any discomfort felt during the treatment is usually mild and short-lived. Acupuncture is a very safe procedure, the most common “side-effect” being a feeling of deep relaxation and wellbeing. Adjunctive healing methods using suction cups, heat (herbal moxibustion or far infra-red heating), auriculotherapy (the stimulation of therapeutic points on the ear), application of high-gauge therapeutic magnets and electrical micro-stimulation are sometimes used in conjunction with the needling.

How does it work?
Acupuncture is utilized to balance the body energies according to the understanding of the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body along a system of channels that open to special points of influence. Therefore we treat local diseased regions as well as these special acupuncture points to influence the network of energy related to the functions of all bodily systems (digestion & elimination, urinary & reproductive, respiratory & immune, cardiovascular & neurological) and their related tissues. In this way, we enhance the internal environment of our body to support health and fight disease.

What can it help?
Acupuncture is famous for helping relieve all kinds of pain conditions. Pain and other symptoms related to physical, mental, and emotional problems can all be addressed by balancing the body’s energy network. In fact, the correlation and inter-relationship of mental-emotional states with pain and physical disease and how they influence one another is an important contribution of traditional Chinese medicine to world health culture (see: Conditions for acupuncture).

Health & wellness programs
Typically, a short series of acupuncture treatments is recommended, usually once to three times a week depending on the severity of the current condition. The more chronic and longstanding, generally the longer it takes to support healing. Herbal and dietary therapy may be used alongside acupuncture in the acute stage or to extend and consolidate treatment for constitutional problems or chronic disease. In addition, many find it useful to undergo acupuncture, Oriental bodywork or qigong therapy as part of a health maintenance or wellness program that can be consistently used to balance and improve functioning. This can be done at any regular interval, during seasonal changes or at times of heightened stress. The idea is to apply natural, self-regulating methods at the earliest signs of trouble, before disease is well established. At this stage, problems are more quickly and easily dissolved.

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Oriental bodywork (Anma - Tuina - Shiatsu)

Oriental bodywork is often used as an adjunct to acupuncture in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, or as a stand-alone method for adjusting body energies. When given by a skilled physician, oriental bodywork is not a formulaic massage, but the application of calming or invigorating, strong or light methods as appropriate for your individual condition. A session may include a wide range of techniques including kneading, pressing, tapping, stretching, and vibrating, and works in partnership with the client’s breath and mental focus to encourage the healing response. In this way, the client receives immediate benefit, and learns how to establish a constructive relationship with their own body and how best to respond to pain and to the early signals of bodily stress.

For training in Oriental bodywork, see: Chinese massage - Tuina

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