Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it successfully treats a number of health complaints and conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion into various parts of the body sterile, single use, fine needles in order to clear away energy blockages and allow the normal flow of energy of Qi to go throughout the body.

In Chinese medicine, the human body has a number of meridians, or energy centres through which “life force” flows, and the philosophy underlying acupuncture is that through the use of insertion of needles along specific points, these can be stimulated and corrected, promoting the rebalancing of the body’s natural healing systems.

In clinical medicine, and through the use of documented scientific studies there has been a compounding of evidence in the way that acupuncture has an effect upon the body, and the biological processes it effects. It is an effective and health promoting treatment for a number of health conditions, and can include the use of moxibustion and cupping to enhance the overall action of the treatment.

Cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine technique that is used to promote circulation of blood and lymph fluids, to allow the body to detox, and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. Various techniques are used to create the suction in the cups that are applied to various points along the body, and the cups can be moved across the skin in a motion called gliding cupping. It is not used exclusively, but as a complementary treatment to acupuncture. It is extremely calmative to the nervous system.

Cupping is an effective treatment for:

  • back and neck pain
  • stiff muscles
  • anxiety
  • fatigue
  • migraines
  • cellulite and weight loss

Cupping is extremely effective as a deep tissue treatment, and helps release toxins from the body. The treatment can penetrate to within four inches of depth of the skin, and this really is quite effective at working on increasing circulation and removing toxins from tissues. Hands, wrists, legs and ankles can be cupped, and it is also extremely effective in treating respiratory complaints.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective for infertility treatments; these have been clinically demonstrated to assist in promoting the wellbeing of a woman, increasing circulation to the reproductive organs and enhancing the health of any oocytes in the woman, increasing the effectiveness of an IVF cycle. Herbs can be taken in addition to receiving acupuncture which help to realign and increase the metabolic function of a woman’s reproductive organs.

Many patients have ongoing and regular acupuncture and cupping sessions in order to maintain their wellness, and to mitigate any symptoms of chronic illness, or pain conditions that they are experiencing, such as spinal injury or osteoarthritis. Wellness can be maintained by continuing with a program of treatment on an ongoing basis, whereby it helps to maintain health within the patient.

Dr Anand applies his own individually prescribed and formulated herbal poultices during an acupuncture and cupping treatment, and this assists in being administered to the patient via absorption in the skin. Herbal poultices have been used in various cultures in their medical treatment throughout the centuries, and a professional administered custom herbal poultice compounded by Dr Anand will assist in healing the specific presenting health complaint of a patient.

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