The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
What is qi & how does it affect the body?
When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors and becomes evident to TCM practitioners through observable signs of bodily dysfunction. TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
Nausea/morning sickness (during pregnancy)
Acupuncture is often very effective in reducing both the severity and incidence of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Australian research demonstrated that traditional Acupuncture (points chosen are based on an individual diagnosis) experienced faster relief when compared to “sham” acupuncture or routine prescribed points.
Chris combines individually prescribed acupuncture point prescriptions with Qi Gong Therapy (which is optional but recommended). Qi Gong therapy works on the same principles and theory as Acupuncture and is used to increase the positive outcomes from the treatment.
Acupuncture and Morning Sickness/Nausea – What to expect?
As with all conditions, there are multiple causes as to what causes morning sickness/nausea during pregnancy. Chris will ask questions in order to determine your diagnosis, and write a prescription based on your individual symptoms.
Fewer needles are inserted for pregnancy conditions than standard treatments, and often no sensation is experienced. Only the highest quality needles are used by Chris, meaning a far more pleasant experience for you.