BSC (HONS) TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE

TCM ACUPUNCTURE

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Acupuncture Effect in Conventional Terms:

The National Centre of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (NCCAM) addresses this issue. They propose; acupuncture has an effect via the nervous system.

Acupuncture regulates the nervous system, in turn this action aids the release of endorphins; the body's natural painkilling chemicals. The NCCAM states; studies show acupuncture treatment alters brain chemical activity, changing the action and release of neurotransmitters and nero-hormones. These actions are thought to improve homeostasis; meaning to balance and regulating the body's systems and functions. Acupuncture is also thought to help regulate the immune system, blood pressure, body temperature and blood flow (Moet 2006).

For further information and research go to: the British Acupuncture Council website:
www.acupuncture.org.uk/
or the World Health Organisation website:
www.who.int/

Q & A

Q. How does Acupuncture work?

A. Acupuncture works by strengthening and releasing blockages of Qi in the body. Qi is a Chinese word that describes the foundation of life, the energy that flows through all living things. It moves in our bodies through meridians and channels and it is the basis for our emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. If our Qi becomes blocked or stagnant through emotional upset, stress, poor diet or lack of exercise, it can cause 'dis-ease', in the form of pain, depression, illness, tiredness, etc.

Acupuncture uses very fine (painless!) needles to restore the correct flow of Qi by inserting them into special points on the meridians of the body. The experience is usually a calming and relaxing one and leaves you feeling centered and refreshed. As well as directly treating specific areas according to the related problem, acupuncture also triggers the body's own healing system which can set in place a powerful and restoring treatment.

Acupuncture works by treating the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach not only helps your main problems but also means that you may find other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves and your feeling of general wellbeing is also enhanced.

Q. What is the difference between 'Medical Acupuncture' and 'TCM Acupuncture'?

A.'Medical Acupuncture' is normally practiced by physiotherapists and requires about 80 hours of training that is mainly focused around treating pain. 'TCM Acupuncture' requires training of a much higher standard, to degree level over a minimum of three years at university and equips the practitioner to treat complex acute and chronic health conditions.

Q. Who has Acupuncture?

A. Many people have acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific problems like lower back pain. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing or as a preventative measure to promote good health. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

Q. What is Therapeutic Massage?

A. Massage is one of the oldest known healing therapies. It has been practiced for centuries and is an effective treatment for many physical and emotional conditions. The action of massage can stimulate the release of the body's own pain killers (endorphins), can eliminate fibrous tissue, move scar tissue, reduce lactic acid in muscles and reduce lymphedema. Massage can also stimulate a parasympathetic action resulting in deep mental relaxation which aids the body homeostasis and creates a feeling of total well being. In this way, massage treats body and mind together to re-energise you and aid you towards optimum health.

Q. What is Deep Tissue Massage (DTM)?

A. DTM is like a passive body work out! DTM aims to eliminate muscular tension and prevent or heal injuries. This therapy can treat specific muscular and ligament conditions to reduce pain and improve mobility range, whilst improving mental and physical performance and posture. This treatment can be used in conjunction with relaxing Therapeutic Massage.

Q. What is Acupressure?

A. Acupressure is the stimulation of acupuncture points to treat acute and chronic conditions. It is especially good for needle phobic people and can be used in conjuction with Therapeutic and Deep Tissue Massage.

Jenna has helped patients with the following conditions:

  • Acute & chronic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Injuries-tendinitis-repetitive strain
  • Neurological disorders-Stroke, M.S. & Parkinson's disease
  • Pre & Post operative rehabilitation
  • Stress-Anxiety-Depression
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Skin Complaints-Eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue & M.E.
  • Fibromyalgia (FM)
  • Smoking cessation & addiction
  • Fertility
  • Women's health
  • Men’s health
  • Facial rejuvenation

EXAMPLE TREATMENTS

Cupping
Cupping
HamstringKnee & quad tensionNeck & shoulder tension pain rehabPlantar Fasciitis ligament rehabGastrocnemius muscle calf injury rehab
Sports Rehab Kinesio-Acu Taping

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