Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art of healing, it is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is based on the theory of energy. Energy exists in all living organisms and is transferable from one state to another. In Chinese medicine vital energy is called Qi (Chi). Qi is continually added to the body from food we eat, every breath we take and even from radiation as in the form of ultraviolet light and the stimulation of acupuncture points. On the other hand energy is also being lost contiuously from the body in the form of sweating, defecation and urination. Energy in and out creates homeostasis. When there is a disturbance we will end up a deficiency or excess of energy.
In Chinese medicine Vital energy Qi is classified into Yin and Yang. Yang energy is responsible for our active state and Yin energy is responsible for our rest state. Qi flows through pathways in the body called meridians or channels.
There are 12 channels through which Yin and yang energy flow, the 12 channels are named according to the organ to which they are connected. Yang energy channels flow from outside to inside and Yin energy channels flow from inside to outside.
What to expect
A regular consultation includes completing a health History form, this is followed by an assessment of your conditon by your acupuncturist using the Four Examinations of TCM – asking, Observing, Listening (and smelling) and finally touching. Acupuncturists using TCM protocols will take your pulse checking the rhythm and strength of the meridian pulses, your tongue will also be examined. Based on findings from this examination, the acupuncturist will discuss with you your treatment options, which as well as acupuncture may include advice on lifestyle and diet and may involve herbs.
How Long Does A treatment Session Last?
Treatment varies, the initial consultation is usually the longest, it usually is about an hour.
Subsequent treatment average about 30 to 45 minutes.
How Many Sessions are Required?
Individual responses vary, depending on age and how long you have had the condition. Usually most people will begin to see improvement by about the fifth treatment. Generally 10 to about 20 or more sessions over several weeks are required.