When is an acupuncture treatment appropriate?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are often practiced in tandem. Though, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine each have specific conditions or imbalances in the body which they can treat more effectively.
Acupuncture is more commonly associated with muscular skeletal conditions. This includes sports injuries and muscular aches and pains. An example is sciatic pain. Dr Kirk Wilson treats many acupuncture patients who present with sciatic pain. This is characterised by a sharp shooting pain down either or both legs. Using acupuncture, Kirk is able to reduce the pain experienced by sciatic patients by between 40% to 60% after one treatment. Generally, most sciatic patients only require one more additional treatment for them to be able to function normally with minimal pain. For the pain to be completely removed, Kirk will need to administer about four acupuncture treatments in total.
Acupuncture also works well for conditions which are the result of stress. These conditions are referred to as psychogenic conditions. These not only can be psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety but also other physical manifestations of stress, such as, headaches, period pain and irritable bowl syndrome amongst others. These conditions are usually associated with stagnant energy in the body. Acupuncture has a long history of being very effective in moving and dispersing energy (qi). An acupuncture treatment will not only allow a patient to feel more relaxed but will concurrently address the underlying imbalance.
When you have your first consultation at Meridian Healing Centre, Kirk will ask if you have a preference for either acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. Unless you have a strong opinion either way, it is best you let Kirk use his clinical experience to determine if acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine best treats your condition.