WHAT'S ACCUPUNCTURE FOR?
Acupuncture is for the natural treatment of all disorders (or as we like to call them, 'dis-harmonies'), It is the ONLY modality that can offer complete healing of physical, mental and emotional. Acupuncture takes a holistic approach, treating the whole body, mind and spirit, rather than just an isolated part of a person. One part cannot function well if another is imbalanced and we are affected by our surroundings e.g climate.
ACUPUNCTURE FROM A TCM PERSPECTIVE (TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE)
Each of us has an energy body that is connected with our physical bodies - a vibrational matrix containing our mental, emotional and spriritual histories. Our bodies remember every one of our life experiences - joyful experiences like the exhilaration of jumping on the trampoline, or the excitement of a first kiss. However, they also remember the less joyful times - the feeling of being bullied at school, the trauma of a car crash, or grief over the death in the family or loss of a loved one.
Releasing Old Emotional Baggage
In an ideal world, when trauma or deep feelings affect us, we experience and assimilate those feelings, and then discharge and release the energy. However, often we don't accept or deal with our inner responses at the time they happen - sometimes we suppress and block the flow of energy and bury the memory and the feelings. The vibration of the trauma then becomes embedded into our bodies and woven into our muscles, joints and organs. These blocked feelings of guilt, shame, pain and fear become the tension in our bodies, the illnesses and diseases we don't understand.
Releasing blocked energy from our bodies is a vital part of cultivating good health and wellbeing. Understanding, processing and discharging the holding from our bodies is a vital step in the healing process. As you receive acupuncture treatments, you will open your body to release the stuck energy that is no longer serving you. There is often a release of emotion that takes place; sometimes there is a memory, an image, or a knowing of some kind that arises at the time, and you can get very emotional during or after a treatment.
As you continue with your acupuncture treatments, you will:-
Release blocked emotional energy that has been holding you back in your life.
Retune, rebalance and restore your whole energy system to vibrant health (and therefore your physical body too).
Let go of what no longer serves you, and awaken strengths that have been lying dormant within you. Slowly but surely you will start to feel more fully yourself again.
Acupuncture can help to bring the body back to balance (homeostasis). It can make you more aware of the state of your body and mind, and know when something is not quite right. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medecine), we call this the balancing of Yin and Yang (feminine and masculine energy). When the two are not balanced, physical and mental symptoms appear.
ACUPUNCTURE FROM A WESTERN MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE
Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that uses very fine acupuncture needles on specific acupuncture points along the body to stimulate nerves which then sends signals along the neural pathways (your spine) and up to the brain, triggering the release of the body's own pain-relievers (called endorphins or 'feel-good' chemicals). Acupuncture increases the circulation of the free-flow of blood to the affected area, bringing rich nutrients to encourage faster healing.
It also affects the production of other chemicals in the body which control our hormones, blood sugar level, cholestoral, blood pressure and other important bodily functions. Evidence based research indicates that acupuncture can help boost the body's immune system and affects the sympathetic nervous system and endocrine system.
THE BENEFITS OF ACCUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions but is not only for when you have something wrong, but can be used as part of a wellness regime to stay healthy, reduce stress, boost your immune system or energy level when you are feeling sluggish. Clinical studies have shown Acupuncture to be the most effective treatment for chronic and acute pain. Acupuncture provides instant pain relief from the moment the needles are inserted, and long lasting results by helping the body to heal itself at the root of the problem, rather than just relying on painkillers and western drugs to suppress and mask the symptoms. The following is a list of some of the most common conditions that acupuncture treats:-
Headaches / Migraines
Bell's Palsy / Facial Paralysis
Numbness of the hands and feet
Back & Knee pain
Shoulder and neck pain
High blood pressure
Further information can be obtained from the Acupuncture Council of Ireland's website www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Everyone is different so everyone reacts differently. Some people don't feel a thing, whilst others may feel a slight sensation upon insertion but this quickly dissipates as the patient relaxes. A very stagnant person may feel, whilst the needles are inside, the energy blockage being cleared and a sensation of energy flowing up and down their limbs/body or a dull ache at the site of the needle. This is all good indication that the treatment is working and nothing to worry about.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Again this will vary from person to person, it depends on the condition being treated, and how long the person has had this condition (generally speaking the more chronic the condition the longer length of time is needed to treat it) and their response to treatment. Generally speaking at least a few treatments, 5-6 is needed initially before good improvements can be seen, although in some acute cases such as pain, after the first treatment alone, patients report a 30-50% reduction in pain and even more with further treatments. Like most things in life, you have to work at staying healthy and even when you feel better, it is advisable to keep the balance by coming in at least once a month.
IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?
This all depends on what your individual health insurance policy covers and who you are insured with. It is advisable to check your policy before coming for treatment. Should your policy cover acupuncture, we will provide you with an appropriate receipt, in order to reclaim for your treatments. As a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland, we are registered for health insurance cover, if your health insurance policy covers all or partially covers acupuncture treatment. Members of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland (of which we are a member) are approved by Aviva, VHI, Laya Healthcare and HSA for Out-Patient insurance purposes.
WHAT CLOTHING DO I NEED TO WEAR?
There is no special clothing that you need to wear to attend treatments...just as long as your clothes are loose fitting so that we can pull up your sleeves and trousers legs, so something like a jogging suit would be perfect. Please do not wear tight jeans or anything that is restricting and uncomfortable to relax in.
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL AFTER CARE THAT I NEED TO OBSERVE?
Again there are no special aftercare...just to drink plenty of water after a treatment to flush out toxins from the body that acupuncture helps to break down. Also avoid doing anything strenuous like going to the gym, as it is important to rest and relax your body after the treatment as it continues to heal itself.