Treating people not illnesses!
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese Medicine healing art. It is a holistic system of healing which has its own physiology and pathology. Chinese Medicine is an energetic medicine and views our body, mind and spirit as one unit. It relates to a human being as one with the universe - not as separate, therefore the influence of the environment, the changing seasons and other movements like the cycles of the planets are all taken into consideration during treatment. Because of this approach, acupuncture not only balances the systems of the body and the functions of the mind within, it harmonizes the person with the environment. I think that because of its unique way of understanding physiological and pathological processes and because it is focused on treating human beings and not just isolated ailments, Acupuncture (Chinese Medicine) is able to assist in a vast range of conditions. Click here to watch my introduction video about acupuncture
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves the use of fine needles on key points around the body. These points are located along a complex network of energy pathways or spaces that circulate through the entire body and reach every organ and tissue. By stimulating these points, (stimulating the space in you) a new quality or signal is introduced to the body and the flow of vital energy is influenced - the body receives new instructions to function differently and its own innate wisdom (of a healthy behaviour) is awakened again.
The stimulation of Acupuncture points brings an energetic change. As the body starts to follow the new energetic direction that is introduced, then, actual physical or mental transformation takes place - the body’s vital life force is set free so that it can promote health at all levels - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.
Acupuncture looks at the internal climate of the human being. The ancient Chinese identified six different climates within the body. these are: dryness, coldness, dampness, wind, heat and fire. Balancing these internal climates brings physical, emotional and mental health. This approach does not suppress illness but supports the natural ability of the body to heal.
The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it approaches each person and each illness through many view points at the same time. Some of the different systems that Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture uses are: Yin-Yang, 5 Elements, Stems & Branches, Zhang-Fu, San Jiao, 6 stages, 4 levels, excess and deficiency, Channel theory and more. These are simply different ways of understanding phenomena in the body and in nature. It allows the practitioner to better understand illness. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have been serving millions of people for thousands of years. I hope that you will also find it to be of great benefit to you too!
It would be true to say that over the years my approach has changed many times as I have been learning more and more as a practitioner as well as being a father and husband. I always do my best to listen to your complaint as well as listen to the message behind your words.
During a treatment, after listening to you, I use different Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools which assist me to understand better how energy behaves in your body and mind. These tools are pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, channel palpation and abdominal palpation.
In addition, I look at your energetic map which is based on planet constellation at the time of your birth. The map is based on ancient Chinese texts and presents the energetic structure of an individual. The Map will show the possible strengths and weaknesses, which energies are missing and information on tendencies for illness. It helps to understand the progression of illness and can serve as a guide for the acupuncture points and energy pathways to be used in treatment.
By investigating how the energy dynamics of the individual have lead to disharmony, I am able to effectively focus on the root cause of the imbalance according to Chinese medicine view point. The more I understand the dynamics of yourself as a human being, the more accurate my treatment can be.
I combine the knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine with an understanding of western medical pathologies. This union of ancient wisdom with modern medicine makes it possible to treat in a more accurate and profound way.
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The treatment of acupuncture is not a painful one. Stimulating the points results in a sensation which indicates energy flow. Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing and often have a profound and positive effect on ones consciousness. I would say that most people find acupuncture to be not only helpful for their physical condition but it leaves them calm, content and centred.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Before you read through the list below, there is a fundemental understanding that you need to have about Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in particular. Acupuncture does not treat illness and disease. It treats human beings. This means that the illness is not preceived as separate from the person who carries it. Treating different people with the same illness will require a different approach. The practitioner has to consider all aspects of the person as well as his/her environment in order to bring healing to that person. It is impossible to treat diabetes only, without treating the entire being of a diabetic person. There for, Chinese Medicine is not concerned with the names
of illnesses but with the way that the energy is behaving within the person. When that is corrected - everything in the body and mind falls into place.
Acupuncture may manage and assist symptoms which are associated with different conditions and disease. Such symptoms may be:
Stress, fatigue, pain, reflux, diarrhoea, constipation, headaches, rashes, fluid retention, urgent or frequent urination,
menstrual pain and excessive/irregular bleeding, muscle tension, joint pain, back pain, cough, tinnitus
In babies and children acupuncture can support symptoms such as bedwetting, constipation, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Acupuncture may be used as a support for:
fertility treatment such as IVF
pregnancy and lactation related issues such as musculoskeletal pain, nausea, vomiting, hyper mobility, mastitis and insufficient milk production.
I have a particular interest in working with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, menstrual imbalances, headaches, digestive complaints and fatigue.
Acupuncture and children
Whether they are a few weeks old or teenagers - children respond very well to acupuncture! Children, especially in their first years of life, are constantly changing. Their energy is easily influenced and they adjust very quickly. Since Acupuncture is an energetic medicine and since the physical, mental and emotional patterns that children are carrying are generally not yet so deeply established - it is relatively easier to change their energy patterns. I myself have two children and have been treating them successfully since birth.
Acupuncture points may be stimulated by laser or touch.