Acupuncture: What is it?
Acupuncture is the time tested holistic therapy that has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years.
The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the body’s energy, known as qi (pronounced chee) flows around the body along invisible pathways called meridians. It is when qi is impaired, that imbalance and illness occurs.
There are over 500 acupuncture points along the meridian channels, and it is these points which acupuncture focuses on to bring health back to the body. Tailoring the acupuncture treatment to each individual’s needs, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles at precise points around the body.
The acupuncture needles stimulate the qi, and moves or redirects it to where it is needed most. In this way acupuncture helps to restore balance and resolve illness.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very fine; not much thicker than human hair. The acupuncturist skillfully inserts them with a quick tap: it is usually painless. Sometimes a mild ache, numbness or a tingling sensation is experienced, but this merely proves that acupuncture is doing its job. Most patients report acupuncture to be a sublimely relaxing experience.
At Meridian Healing Centre, Dr Kirk Wilson uses a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments alongside acupuncture to bring your body back into harmony and wellness.
The acupuncturist massages the body at acupressure points to stimulate the flow of energy. It also relaxes the muscles (and the patient) before beginning the acupuncture treatment.
During the acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist holds burning traditional Chinese herbs over certain acupuncture points in the body. Its warming effect promotes the flow of qi and blood to restore balance in the body.
The acupuncturist applies suction cups over the skin to create a vacuum. This usually occurs after the acupuncture treatment and helps to break up stagnant qi and circulate the blood to aid the healing process.