Acupuncture is the centuries old practice of adjusting the energetic flow of the body and organs with the use of fine filiforme needles placed in specific locations along the limbs and body. When practiced by a licenced acupuncturist this treatment is both safe and relatively pain free. Acupuncture is commonly used to aid in pain management but is also becoming a popular way people are working through digestive disorders/fertility issues and mental health issues like anxiety and depression, PTSD and sleep problems.
What does an Acupuncturist do?
It is perhaps confusing to some to realise that no two acupuncturists will do the same thing with the same patient. This is because acupuncture comes from a very long historical and geographical base. So, in fact, there are many different styles and approaches that fall under the broad umbrella of acupuncture. Examples of different styles include Chinese Acupuncture, Japanese Acupuncture and Korean Acupuncture.
The general goal of all acupuncturists is the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of illness. Traditional Oriental Medicine defines perfect health as a state of balance. It views all illness, disease and even subclinical lack of wellness as being due to imbalance. The key to effective treatment is to identify the most important imbalance(s) and do what is possible to shift a patient back towards balance. There are three pillars all acupuncturists use to pursue this goal; (a) assessment techniques, (b) information filters and (c) therapeutic techniques.
Your practitioner uses the diagnostic principles and systems of Chinese Medicine to evaluate your root imbalance (some people consider this to be a pattern of disharmony that is more at the constitutional than symptomatic level).
A treatment program is then tailored to address the two aspects of your circumstance, the root and the branch. There are situations where the symptoms are so extreme, they must be the exclusive focus of the treatment but it is more common to receive root and branch treatment in the same session.
Read more from the Association of Registered Acupuncturists of PEI here.