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The Essentials of Acupuncture, What You Should Know Before You Book!

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

The Essentials of Acupuncture, What You Should Know Before You Book! Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington
The Essentials of Acupuncture, What You Should Know Before You Book! Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points. It is believed to help balance the flow of energy, which flows through neuro-pathways or meridians around the body. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain, infertility, and mental health disorders. Check out my other Blog Posts to hone in on specific conditions you may have. Here are some key essentials about acupuncture and Blog Posts that everyone should know before they book their treatment.

How acupuncture works: Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points located on the body with the insertion of needles in these points. This stimulation is believed to help balance the flow of energy in the body, which may become blocked or disrupted due to illness or injury. Acupuncturists may also use other techniques, such as Cupping, Guasha, Tuina, Moxibustion, and or Auriculotherapy to enhance the effects of acupuncture.

What conditions can acupuncture treat: Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, infertility, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. In recent years, acupuncture has also gained recognition as a complementary therapy for cancer patients, helping to manage symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, and pain.

Is acupuncture safe and are there any side effects: Acupuncture is generally considered safe when a well-trained qualified acupuncturist performs it. The needles used during an acupuncture treatment are very thin, yet flexible, and are unlikely to cause serious harm. However, some people may experience mild side effects such as bruising, soreness, or bleeding at the needle insertion site. If you do a quick Google search on acupuncture injuries, you will soon find that the majority of the nefarious injuries that have been endured by patients or that have been reported do not come from well-trained Acupuncturists. Instead, the majority of these injuries were conducted by Physiotherapists or Chiropractors who are not acupuncturists. These professionals did a "Weekend Course" around acupuncture, they're now performing acupuncture under the term "Dry Needling." They have to use the term "Dry Needling" because acupuncture and acupuncturist are protected titles. They don't hold or possess the minimum of a 4-year degree at level 7 with a BHSc in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When these professionals were taken to court, they lost due to their term usage of acupuncture and acupuncturists. The law sometimes can be a fun one, this is how and why they created their new song and dance and continue to do acupuncture, with the new terminology of "Dry Needling." What the term "Dry Needling" should tell you if they are claiming this is "we don't know the minimum about acupuncture and may have only done a weekend course." However this is business, they are going to rely on their previous degree/s obtained in their profession to attempt to charge you for acupuncture. Don't get fooled, Do you get your mechanic to do your plumbing?... Read my blog post on how to choose an acupuncturist to learn more. this will give you even more information you should be aware of about acupuncture. Each year I have to do Continued Professional Development (CPD) and lots of other things to hold the right to be called an acupuncturist and perform acupuncture in my clinic. I always find this interesting how there are non-acupuncturists like physiotherapists, nurses, osteopaths, and chiropractors learning acupuncture when they are not acupuncturists and this is not in their scope.

Practitioner Qualifications: To ensure that you receive safe and effective treatment, it is important to choose an acupuncturist who is qualified and licensed. In most countries, acupuncturists must complete extensive training and pass certification exams to become licensed. Look for an acupuncturist who has experience treating your specific condition, and who has a good reputation in the community.

Integrative medicine: Acupuncture is often used as part of an integrative approach to healthcare, which combines conventional and complementary therapies to improve overall health and well-being. By combining acupuncture with other therapies such as massage, nutrition, and exercise, practitioners can help patients address a wide range of health issues and improve their overall quality of life.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions. By understanding the essentials of acupuncture, you can make a more informed decision about your healthcare and potentially the benefits of this ancient practice. So why not give acupuncture a try? However, it's important to note that acupuncture should always be performed by a licensed and well-trained practitioner. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. Communicating with your practitioner about your experience is important to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, and please leave a comment below.

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