What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the many and varied therapies of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of ultra-fine needles into certain locations to stimulate the body’s own healing energy or ‘Qi’. Once viewed as very mysterious, and poorly understood in the western world, acupuncture is fast becoming recognised the world over as a safe and reliable method of treatment for a great many conditions.
How it works
Acupuncture has been shown to raise the levels of specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood cells, gamma-globulins and anti-bodies generally. The ‘Endorphin’ theory explains how acupuncture can stimulate its own pain killers and ‘feel good’ chemicals – endorphins. Other ‘modern’ theories involve the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and others.
We also offer Moxibustion, TuiNa massage and Cupping. For more information see below or please contact us on 020 8977 3295.
How can Acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture can help to treat a variety of conditions, including :
- improving the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome
- relieving tension type headaches
- relieving migraine headache
- relieving chronic low back pain
- relieving neck pain or chronic neck pain
- relieving temporomandibular (TMD/TMJ) pain
- treating osteoarthritic knee pain.
Cupping is a therapeutic technique that can have numerous health benefits. It is simple and effective and can be used alone or in conjunction with other TCM practices such as acupuncture, tuina massage and moxibustion. One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. During massage pressure is applied to the muscles, however, during cupping suction pulls the skin, tissue and muscles upwards.
The aim of cupping is to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created by a cup applied onto the skin. The vacuum inside the cup creates suction and the underlying tissue is raised partway into the cup.
TuiNa is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy that is also often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. It works holistically to balance Qi – flow throughout the body. It involves applying pressure to the meridians and specific points on them, affecting the flow so that it moves freely and evenly throughout the body. Tuina is often used to treat chronic pain, especially pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.