What is Acupuncture

by Kim Chenery

24/8/14

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine which has beenKim C used in China for over 3000 years.It is practiced and its effectiveness is now accepted in many countries around the world including NewZealand.

Rigorous scientific research has found that acupuncture promotes the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain and relax muscles. It helps to regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow, and release natural anti inflammatory substances. Acupuncture also helps to elevate mood. Acupuncture aims at treating the illness and the imbalance in the body causing it, thereby improving health and well-being.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways of energy/Qi flowing through the body, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. Disease occurs when some factor disrupts the normal flow of Qi. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow and re-establish health.

With it’s unique system of diagnosis, an acupuncturist will ask about not only details of the immediate problem, but also a range of questions in order to get a deeper understanding of the patient’s health.

A patient’s tongue and pulse can give the practitioner vital clues about their underling health even before an illness has presented itself physically, and helps the practitioner to choose the most appropriate acupuncture points to use.

In this way acupuncture can be successfully used as a preventative medicine and bring positive benefits as a regular tonic, stimulating the immune system and helping de-stress and relax the body. We often suggest to clients they consider a wellness treatment every four to six weeks for this purpose.

ACC has funded the treatment of Acupuncture since 1990 for injury claims lodged with them. Acupuncture can help with the recovery from injuries due to its anti-inflammatory nature and ability to help relax muscles and improve blood circulation. This helps the body to heal its self while offering pain relief.

Pulse diagnosis Stone Mural depicting pulse diagnosis, Anguo, China

Pulse diagnosis Stone Mural depicting pulse diagnosis, Anguo, China

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a comprehensive list of ailments that they claim Acupuncture can be helpful in treating. These include but are not limited to:

Musculo-skeletal
low back pain, tennis elbow, knee strain, neck/shoulder pain, sciatica, arthritis, joint swelling/pain, thoracic pain, muscle strain, hip pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, wrist strain, sacroiliac pain, sports injuries.

Respiratory
sinusitis, hay fever, common cold, bronchitis, asthma, cough, painful respiration, pleurisy and emphysema.

Ear, nose and throat
tinnitus, nerve deafness, Ménière’s disease, eye problems, sinusitis, nose bleed and loss of smell

Gastrointestinal
constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, gastritis, haemorrhoids.
Hyperacidity, nausea, spastic colon

Cardiovascular
angina, palpitations, cold extremities, high and low blood pressure

Women’s health
painful periods, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive menstrual bleeding, irregular menstruation, fertility
disorders, menopausal syndrome.

Pregnancy
morning sickness, foetal malposition, insufficient lactation, pregnancy tune-up, assistance with deliveries.

Men’s health
prostrate problems, erectile dysfunction, lack of sperm and impotence.

Uro-genital disorders
bed wetting, retention of urine, cystitis, and infection of the urinary tract.

Paediatric health
whooping cough, bed wetting.

Skin disorders
acne, eczema, psoriasis and painful scars.

Neurological
headaches, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, Ménière’s disease, tinnitus, ear pain, Bell’s palsy,
hemiplegia, post-stroke syndrome, general neuralgias and numbness.

Metabolic disorders
low energy, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, hormonal irregularities.

Psychological disorders
post-traumatic stress, anxiety, smoking/drug addiction, depression and nervous tension.

Miscellaneous
obesity, sports performance/enhancement.

see this WHO document for research on these complaints

 

Kim Chenery is an ACC Treatment provider and a member of the New Zealand Register Of Acupuncturists
and specializes in treatment pain syndromes and injuries

 

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