1. What (kinds of) ailiments can Acupuncture be used for to treat?
The most common ailments presented to acupuncturists in South Africa are pain-related conditions. However, as the public becomes more educated about acupuncture, people are seeking help for a number of other conditions, with good results. These include:
• Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headaches and migraines, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains, muscle spasms, shingles
• Gynaecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS); irregular, heavy or painful menstruation; endometriosis; menopause; fibroids; chronic bladder infection; complications in pregnancy; morning sickness; kidney stones; impotence; infertility (men and women); sexual dysfunction
• Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress
• Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders: Sinusitis, sore throat, hay fever, earache, nerve deafness, ringing in the ears, dizziness, poor eyesight
• Addictions: Smoking, drugs, alcohol, food
• Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic colon, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, ulcers, gastritis, abdominal bloating,
• Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, colds and flu
• Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy/radiation side effects, diabetes, dermatological disorders, weight control
2. Is Acupuncture Safe?
The acupuncture needle is a fine, disposable (one-time use), sterile, SABS-approved medical device. While acupuncture is a highly safe form of physical medicine,
additionally, we strictly follow Clean Needle Technique (CNT) protocol to assure the safety of our patients. As licensed practitioners, we have undergone comprehensive training to provide a safe, accurate implementation of this modality.
3.Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Most patients find that acupuncture is very relaxing and helps them achieve a deeper state of calm. Many patients fall asleep during their sessions and others feel energized.
The tiny thin needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless. The needles are far different from the hypodermic needles given in muscle injections. They are so fine that 20 of them fit inside a hypodermic needle. So, there is no sensation on insertion during treatment. Treatments often consist of other techniques that do not utilize needles. These include cupping, gua sha, tuina, acupressure, and external herbal liniments.
4. What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, filiform needles that are finer than a strand of hair. The insertion if quick and most often painless.
The manipulation of the needles after insertion is used to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, and patients often report either:
• A tingling numb feeling
• A warm sensation
• A traveling feeling up or down their body
• A dull and heavy sensation
Any and all of these sensations are what can indicate that the needles are properly stimulating the acupuncture points.
5. What should I expect to feel after my Acupuncture treatment?
Each person’s body and health are different, and their disorders and symptoms also manifest themselves differently from one person to the next. The same philosophy goes for how people react to Acupuncture. The most common and notable things that people experience after their session can include:
• Relaxation or a surge of energy
• Tension and stress reduction
• Improved and more fulfilling sleep
• Improved digestion and appetite
• Relief of pain symptoms, if any
6. What if I am healthy? Can acupuncture help prevent future problems or enhance health?
Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventive medicine. Recent research has now verified that acupuncture stimulates immune function, which increases your resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy. It treats underlying causes, a deeper kind of healing. It effects profound changes in peoples lives on the emotional level as well. Many people find that occasional acupuncture tune-ups are the best medicine to feel “in sync” and ansure continuing health.
7. Can I continue taking my regular medication while receiving acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment may be used along with other medical care to great advantage. It has used for pain control after other medical or dental procedures, for improving healing, and to lessen the side effects of some drugs.
8. How does acupunture work?
Acupuncture is highly effective not only as a preventative medicine, but as a drug free treatment of signs and symptoms. Acupuncture works with the body, strengthening and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Acupuncture achieves the desired results by stimulating specific points near or on the surface of the skin - acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This, in turn, stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. The hypothalam-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones (thought to be some 200 times more potent than morphine). Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and infertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, and relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.
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