What makes someone decide to have Acupuncture?
Most people decide to have Acupuncture because they have an illness, condition or situation that needs caring for. Traditional Five Element Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual.
The Traditional Five Element Acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment. The choice of acupuncture points will be specific to each patient’s needs. Traditional Five Element Acupuncture can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general well-being. Traditional Five Element Acupuncture is more than just Needles, the Therapeutic Relationship between Patient and Acupuncturist helps with the healing process.
Generally, Acupuncture can be affective for pain of many types. I have seen many patients lives turned around by being able to live with no, less or managing their pain. Many people do not want to take large amounts or any pain medications, as they often have dreadful side effects, Acupuncture can help. When coming off any medication this must always be done with the help of your Doctor. Acupuncture can treat alongside to complement Western Medicine treatments, medication and surgery.
Many Pain conditions have other underling factors that can be the cause or effect of the pain, such as stress, lifestyle, accidents, repetitive movements or long-term issues. Acupuncture treatment can help you manage these. I treat many patients with Chronic Pain and Stress Conditions making their lives much easier to navigate.
I put this separately as Migraines are so much more than pain. As well as the unbearable throbbing pain there are visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, there can be alarming symptoms such as vision loss, pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg, weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body, difficulty speaking, hearing noises or music, uncontrollable jerking or other movements. In my practice I treat many patients who have experienced Migraines and have seen their lives turned around from this debilitating condition.
Many women suffer for much longer than they need to with many hormonal conditions when they can be helped by Acupuncture. I do encourage women to seek Gynaecological advice and investigations as necessary, alongside Acupuncture treatment.
The Endocrine System produces and releases hormones that help control many important body functions. The endocrine system influences how your heart beats, how your bones and tissues grow, your ability to conceive a baby. It plays a vital role in whether or not you develop many conditions. Acupuncture can help your system function better alongside western medicine treatments and help with some side effects of medications. These conditions listed below can be helped by acupuncture to improve your overall wellbeing and make life easier to live with these conditions.
Acupuncture can give support to chronic chest conditions, helping with the breath and strengthening the immune system, to help reduce occurrence of relapse and attacks. Allergic conditions can be helped by getting your system balanced, to build immune strength to reduce the likelihood of allergies occurring. Overall helping you breathe better. Regular acupuncture can reduce the occurrence of colds and flu due to raising your defences and improving your immune system, you can also have acupuncture during a cold or flu to help recovery.
Acupuncture treatment may help cardiovascular function, acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Promoting relaxation and helping anxiety and worry and reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immune factors. Acupuncture can be used alongside western medical treatments.
Skin conditions are an outer expression of disharmony from the inner organs of the body, some conditions are always in the body and raise up when your immune system is low. When your system is out of balance the skin is where the toxins not assimilated in your system skin conditions appear.
Acupuncture can help many digestive and Bowel problems, these disorders can be affected or caused by stress, anxiety and depression, the advantage of Acupuncture is that we treat the whole system making it an effective treatment for when emotions affect the physical and visa versa.
Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, pain, swelling and bladder irritation. About 10-40% of women who have given birth have postpartum stress urinary incontinence and this can also occurr through hormonal changes in the menopause. Often when there is problems with the Bladder and Kidney the Water Element, where there is an underlying exhaustion or a person is run down, their inner strength needs rebuilding with Acupunture and lifestyle.
Acupuncture can be affective with the treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia alone or alongside Western Medicine treatments. It can also help patients reduce or come off medications (with advice from their Doctor)
These disorders often made worse from stress related issues, as well as stress and exhaustion being the cause. Acupuncture can be effective with these helping patients on the physical and emotional level
Acupuncture can help with long term effects of chronic and degenerative diseases, to reduce pain, sleep disturbance and slow down the disease process, Acupuncture can be in conjunction with Western medicine treatments and can also help with the side affects of medications and treatments. At Southwell Acupuncture Clinic I treat many patients with chronic disease supporting them with all aspects of managing their condition and wellbeing.
The Immune System
Your immune system keeps you healthy and helps you ward off infections like the flu or a cold and more serious conditions.
In Traditional Five Element Acupuncture theory the body is protected by something known as the Wei Qi or defensive Qi, is comparable to the immune system in conventional medicine.
It acts as the first line of defence when the body is under attack from external invasions. If the Wei Qi is strong, then the body is capable of fighting off bacteria and viruses. Extreme stress, lack of sleep and a poor diet can all play into how strong the body’s Wei Qi is and how well it performs. Regular Acupuncture treatment helps support the Wei Qi and your whole deeper system.