Introduction to Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture frees energy and restores balance in the body using ultra-fine needles inserted into the skin stimulating the body’s own healing process.

This video provides an introduction to acupuncture and a demonstration of the techniques involved.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilises the fourteen meridians (or energy channels) that run through the body. An energy force known as Chi (or Qi) circulates through the meridians and helps to maintain a balance that is vital to health. If this energy becomes blocked or flows in the wrong direction it can lead to poor health, pain and dysfunction.

An acupuncturist uses ultra fine needles or pressure on specific points along the meridian channels to stimulate and restore the balance of Chi so the body can repair and restore itself naturally allowing the organs and systems to work harmoniously as intended.

What happens when you visit an acupuncturist?

The first thing the acupuncturist will do is get a little information from the patient about why they’re there and describe what will happen during the session. The acupuncturist checks the pulses giving information about how energy is flowing through the body feeling to see if the energy is too high or too low and that’s going to help guide treatment.

The acupuncturist looks at the tongue and by looking at its quality and colour that’s going to give the acupuncturist information about the internal organs. Then the acupuncturist palpitates different areas on the abdomen and this is another way to check for energy blockages in the central channels. Overall, the beginning of the session is to assess how the energy flow is and how the vital organs are and the body will tell the acupuncturist what treatment is needed.

Here, the acupuncturist has the patient turn over because the needles are going into the back. The needles used are sterile needles for single use only and disposable. The acupuncturist swabs the area where the needles will go to make sure everything is clean while explaining to the patient what’s happening. The acupuncturist now counts the vertebrae, feeling to find the exact spot where the acupoints are and then tapping the needles in.

The acupuncture points are low-voltage entry points. The voltage has been measured and is about 20 points lower where the acupoints are so the needles are practically sucked into the skin going right into the energy channels of the body into the meridians. The acupuncturist has to be precise about where the needles go in because if they’re not in the right spot they won’t be entering into the energy pathways.

Before addressing a specific symptom, the acupuncturist will usually first balance the entire energy system. When the needles are put in, if there’s an area in the energy system within the body where there’s too much energy an erythema or resonance will develop around the needles which is like a pressure valve. The acupuncturist leaves the needles until all the redness has gone so they know that all the energy has been unblocked. The needles for the most part are painless but there are points that are tender but usually the back is very painless and acupuncture is actually a very relaxing treatment.

The acupuncturist communicates with the patient as treatment progresses checking the pulse to see how the treatment is doing feeling for a changes in energy which gives feedback. As the energy channels become unblocked, the energy that flows to the organs and the different parts of the body gets freed up and that restores health and vitality and in the process of that, symptoms will resolve. The acupuncturist may also have found tension in the neck area and also performs energy balancing by putting their hands at the base of the spine. The acupuncturist will allow the patient to lay down with the needles in for a while to allow the treatment to work and clear the energy. The acupuncturist will then check to see how the patient feels and at this point the treatment is finished whereupon the needles are removed and disposed of.

What happens after acupuncture treatment?

The patient will receive instructions on what to expect and feel after the treatment and instructed to drink lots of water because acupuncture is a detoxification process. The patient will also be instructed on what to do with the rest of the day including performing some relaxing breathing and avoiding any strenuous activity. The acupuncturist will also ask the patient how they felt during the treatment, what was found during the process and what other treatments may be necessary.

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