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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine developed in Korea & China about 4000 years ago. It works by the insertion of tiny needles into meridian points in order to help regulate the nervous and circulatory systems, these being two major systems in our body. The ancient clinicians already discovered a number of favourable access points to the nervous and circulatory systems so meridians can be looked at as a combination of peripheral, nerve and arterial pathways as well as helping with myofascial syndrome where referred pain from sensitive trigger points in the muscles can be felt in other parts of the body.

How does Acupuncture work?

The mistranslations of ancient text books of acupuncture into English language have led to a lot of misinformation about acupuncture and what it really is. Acupuncture is not an energy medicine. Acupuncture is not voodoo, religion or magic and there are no invisible energy meridians. Acupuncture is a real physical medicine based on real anatomy not energy. What acupuncture actually does is improve the flow of oxygen (Qi), nutrients (Ying Qi), and blood (Xue) through the circulatory system to nourish every cell of our body.

Acupuncture treats #1 cause of disease:

  1. Blood stagnation (Impaired blood flow in the body).

When there is a problem with blood flow to any area of the body, that area cannot function properly. The body will not heal properly without proper blood flow. Acupuncture causes your blood vessels to dilate and therefore helps increase blood flow to specific areas of the body in order to relieve pain, improve organ function.

  2. Blocked nerves (Impaired signalling between the brain and the body)

Acupuncture also works by stimulating the nervous system by activating nociceptor, sensory        nerves and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin to the spine and into the brain. Acupuncture improves the nerve signal to your brain and forces your brain to release opioids (natural painkiller) to shut off the pain signal and help eliminate your pain.

Acupuncture works by treating the 5 main factors that influence your health.

  • The flow of oxygen in your body (Qi)
  • The flow of blood in your body (Xue)
  • The health of your blood vessels (Xue mai)
  • The health of your organs (Zang fu)
  • The health of your nervous system (Jing mai)

In short, acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself! Acupuncture treats a number of conditions either on its own or in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine or other therapies.

So if you are looking for a natural solution to your health problems without drugs or any sides effects, look no further. Get Acupuncture Today!

Thrive Through Christmas

Thrive Through Christmas

Christmas should be a happy time, time spent with friends and family, but we all tend to get caught up in the business of the Christmas period and end up stressed, anxious and with never ending “to do” lists. One way to help with stress levels is gratitude. There is always something each day we can be grateful for, be it waking up pain free, having the love of your family, that smile a stranger gave you when passing, the sun shining. Finding things to be grateful for can help our mental health. By focusing on positive thoughts rather than the negative ones can help reduce the affects of our stress hormones.

Below is an advent calendar for you to download and use this festive season, but rather than just counting the days until Christmas I challenge you to fill in at least one thing you are grateful for each day.