What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional form of oriental medicine dating back more than 5000 years. It is a comprehensive treatment, utilizing the body’s own energy called Ki (Qi / Chi). It targets underlying causes & not just the presenting symptoms, to enhance the body’s healing process, speeding up recovery time from injuries & illness. It can be effectively used as a preventative medicine & promotes health & well-being.

 

How does Acupuncture work?

Ki circulates through a system of Meridians in the body & it is this flow of energy that keeps our body functioning at all times. Whenever there is pain, illness or disease in the body, it is due to a blockage or imbalance in the flow of Ki & the way it relates to our internal organ & muscular-skeletal systems.

By insertion of fine Acupuncture needles to certain points along the Meridians, the flow of Ki throughout the body can be enhanced & normal healthy functioning of the body promoted.

 

What is the difference between Japanese & Chinese Acupuncture verses ‘Western Acupuncture’ or Dry Needling?

Over the thousands of years, many different schools of thought have developed & styles of Acupuncture created. These styles are largely grouped into Japanese & Chinese Acupuncture. It remains that all Acupuncture is based around the original Chinese Philosophy that gave birth to Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. The difference lies in the approach to the treatment.

In Japanese Acupuncture one of the tendencies is to move any areas of excess within the body to areas of deficiency or weakness & as a result, recycle the body’s energy which is a precious commodity. This requires a much finer needle & less stimulation on the needle, creating a virtually painless experience.

In the more commonly available Chinese Acupuncture, areas of excess are dispersed or removed from the body. This requires a thicker gauged needle & strong stimulation on the needle, often a painful experience. The modern development of Electro-Acupuncture is where a small electrical current is passed between pairs of needles via a tens machine to stimulate  the points.

Dry Needling or what some are now calling ‘Western Acupuncture’ is the name given to what is considered a newer therapy of inserting Acupuncture needles into trigger points & stimulated to get a ‘twitch response’, there by releasing the trigger point & alleviating pain. This is something Acupuncturists have been doing as a part of their treatments for thousands of years. It has now largely been adopted by some Physiotherapists, Remedial Massage therapists & Chiropractors etc. BUT it has none of the foundations of Traditional Acupuncture & can only treat symptomatically.