Acupuncture is a treatment used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is a sophisticated and complete medical system of diagnosis and treatments that has evolved over more than 3000 years.
Originating in China,it has been embraced internationally due to its proven effectiveness and it is now the largest drug-free healthcare therapy in the world.
It is compatible with and can therefore be used alongside Western(Orthodox) Medicine As a form of primary health care it is being used by people to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.
TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
Imbalances in the body can result from disease pathogens, injuries, stress, overwork, poor diet, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors. As`TCM practitioners, we look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.
Chinese Medicine regards each patient as having a unique pattern of signs symptoms that constitute a clearly identifiable syndrome or "pattern of imbalance". It seeks to find and treat the root cause of imbalance and not just to alleviate the symptoms.
A confidential and detailed assessment is carried out on your first visit and from this information we will determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Other TCM treatments which may be used in conjunction with acupuncture include herbal medicine, moxibustion(heat),cupping(suction cups), Tuina massage,dietary therapy, lifestyle advice and therapeutic exercises such as Qi Gong and Thai Chi.