Acupuncture has been existing as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Today, acupuncture is being performed by qualified health practitioners from a wide scope of cultural and social backgrounds. It works in harmony with our body, and is popularly known for its effective, non-invasive and natural way of treating various medical issues, improving health and preventing diseases.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by regulating the flow of Qi (pronounced as "Chee"); a form of electro-magnetic force or energy travelling through a system of channels in our body which connect acupuncture points to organs and tissues. Through this function, it has the ability to regulate various body systems including the nervous, hormonal, immune, blood, circulatory, bone and muscular systems etc which allow the body to naturally combat diseases and heal itself.
How is acupuncture performed?
Very fine, sterilised and disposable acupuncture needles are gently inserted into acupuncture-point locations on the body and retained during treatment. After insertion, the needles are briefly stimulated (by hand or electro-machine) at the site to promote activation of the points.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people can feel the needle, while others feel nothing. Most people are surprised by how pleasantly acupuncture feels, and quite often fall asleep during treatment due to its soothing effect.
The needles are inserted quickly to minimise possible discomfort, and when stimulated; there can be very brief tingling, numbness or a dull sensation at the point.
How many treatments will I need?
Every individual's response to acupuncture will differ, as every individual's body and condition is different. The number and frequency of acupuncture treatment needed is also dependent on the severity of the condition. Acute issues may require only a single treatment with noticeable immediate improvement, while chronic problems may take further sessions. Your initial consultation should provide an idea of the length needed, and you should experience improvement in the first or at least initial few treatments.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves applying a cup to the skin. The pressure inside the cup is reduced (through heat or suction) in order to draw and hold the skin and superficial muscles within the cup. This process relieves tension in tissues, drain excess toxins and fluids, activate the lymphatic system, clear blockages, raise connective tissues and promote Qi & blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles; which is why it's very effective from treating pain right through to skin issues and respiratory disorders etc.
Examples of conditions that commonly benefit from Cupping include:
Asthma & Chronic coughs
Herbal Medicine is a fundamental modality of Chinese Medicine. It has an uninterrupted history dating back thousands of years in China and regions of Asia. Its origin can be traced back to the 3rd Century BC making it one of the oldest medical healthcare systems in the world.
Herbal Medicine comprises a wide variety of substances; most are of plant origin, while some mineral and animal products may be used.
In recent years, research has shown that herbal combinations produce the same function as synthetic drugs for stopping pain, reducing blood pressure, eliminating unwanted bacteria and balancing hormones etc.
There are hundreds of different Chinese Herbs commonly used today, with each one encompassing different functions.
Chinese Herbal Medicine involves combining herbs to form different formulas. The prescription of a formula is based on the individual's condition diagnosed by a Chinese medical practitioner.
At 81B-Clinic, we have chosen to prescribe herbal medicine in granule form which is the growing choice for patients due to its convenience in preparation and consumption, while still taking effect. We also understand that herbal medicine is an acquired taste and the flavour may not appeal to everyone, which is why our granules can also be dispensed in capsule form to ease consumption.
Examples of conditions that commonly benefit from Chinese herbs include:
Cold & Flu
Diarrhea / Constipation
Acute & Chronic coughs
Headaches / Migraines