Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 2,500 years. The earliest known reference to acupuncture dates back to the Huangdi Neijing, a medical text that was written in China around 300 BCE. This text outlines the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and describes the use of acupuncture to treat a variety of health conditions.
The practice of acupuncture spread throughout Asia over the centuries and eventually made its way to Europe in the 17th century. However, it was not until the 20th century that acupuncture began to gain popularity in the Western world.
Today, acupuncture is practiced all over the world, and it continues to be an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. While the practice of acupuncture has evolved over time, its basic principles remain rooted in the ancient traditions of Chinese medicine.
Here are some potential benefits of acupuncture:
Pain Relief: One of the most well-known benefits of acupuncture is its ability to relieve pain. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.
Stress Reduction: Acupuncture has been found to help reduce stress levels by promoting relaxation and releasing tension in the body. It can also help to regulate the body’s stress response system, which can help to reduce anxiety and depression.
Improved Sleep: Acupuncture has been found to improve sleep quality and help individuals with insomnia fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Reduced Inflammation: Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial for individuals with chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease.
Improved Digestion: Acupuncture can help to improve digestion by regulating the digestive system and reducing inflammation in the gut.
Boosted Immune System: Acupuncture has been shown to increase the production of white blood cells and improve the body’s immune response, which can help to fight off illness and infection.
Improved Fertility: Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for couples undergoing fertility treatment, as it can help to regulate hormone levels, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reduce stress.
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Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along pathways on the body that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal, bring balance and restore wellbeing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine trained acupuncturists may also use moxibustion (the warming of acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), tuina (Chinese massage), cupping (the application of vacuum cups to the skin), electro acupuncture, making it a comprehensive treatment, and can additionally provide dietary and lifestyle advice.
At Consultancy House Clinic, our acupuncturist are registered with the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturist and are recognized by Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as treatment providers. After a claim has been accepted by ACC you may choose to visit our acupuncturists for your treatment. It is not necessary to be referred by your GP, physiotherapist or other health provider. Because acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are a complete health care system, there is very little that does not benefit from a course of acupuncture. Most often it is possible to combine the best of both East and West and use acupuncture in association with treatment provided by a GP or other health care provider.
Our experienced team of acupuncturist work together with Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists, in an effort to bring you the best health care we can. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and empowering tool to truly better one’s health in a manner that works with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.