What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Integrated Medicine whereby very fine, sterile needles (or pins) are inserted at specific points within the body according to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine.
The methods of diagnosis in acupuncture include:
Body diagnosis is a method where the acupuncturist looks for signs that appear on the patients body.
Tongue diagnosis is where the acupuncturist looks for signs on the tongue relating to different disorders.
Pulse diagnosis (listening to the pulses is an ancient art that requires a great deal of sensitivity; the acupuncturist feels three different positions on each wrist to find the twelve pulses and he monitors quality and quantity of each pulse this is the most important diagnostic tool).
All of the methods of diagnosis are then combined with the philosophy of Chinese Medicine which includes things like the five elements (also known as the five transformational phases), stems and branches, the six divisions, the TCM syndrome system, the eight principals, the seven emotions, the 4 emanations, etc and the acupuncturist then decides on a treatment.
Treatment may include the use of needles inserted into specific parts of the patient’s body (if the patient has a migraine the needle may not be inserted into the head), a herb called Moxa may be burnt on the end of the needle, a moxa stick may be burnt and used to stimulate the acupuncture points, a technique called cupping whereby a cup that provides suction may be placed over different areas of the body.
Acupuncture aims to rebalance the body’s natural energies thus promoting health, balancing the body, mind and emotions.
Acupuncture with a Difference
There are several types of Acupuncture; Stems and Branches is the most Ancient and Original form of Acupuncture, unfortunately lost during the Cultural Revolution in China . A ‘Stem and Branch’ practitioner will work with the patients own constitutional energies they are born with, taking into account the energies of the day and the environment, hence specific points are carefully calculated and considered with each individual. It is the most holistic and natural, gentle, yet powerful form of Acupuncture practiced.
- Acupuncture can help you to re-connect and let go of disease.
- Acupuncture balances the emotions and allows you to move forward into life.
- It can release the energy blocks that hold you back from expressing who you truly are.
- Energy blocks appear as swellings, aches, pains or dysfunction in the muscular, skeletal, organ or nervous systems of the body.
- The energy or QI is no longer communicating in a harmonious way.
- Commit to health and check in at the change of seasons to maintain your optimal performance.
What does a treatment involve?
During the initial treatment, a detailed medical case history is taken which will be reassessed at each consultation.
An accurate diagnosis is the made through the general body, Abdominal, Tongue and Pulse diagnosis. Also, throughout the whole session, continuous observations are made of subtle details such as body language and facial expression which can tell a lot about a person, some of which the patient might not even be aware of themselves.
After collecting together all relevant information, the practitioner will formulate the treatment – i.e. A choice of specific acupuncture points, use of moxibustion, massage, cupping or ear seeds.
During each treatment, the practitioner will continue to counsel the patient on certain lifestyle aspects to include diet and exercise. The practitioner is always available to chat, listen or answer any questions which may be of concern.
Peter Collison graduated from a four year course in Chinese Philosophy, Acupuncture and Massage from the International College of Oriental Medicine and is a member of The British Acupuncture Council (http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/). Peter is also currently engaged in further training in the stems and branches method as he feels this is the safest and most integrated form of the art of acupuncture.
If you have any concerns or questions about acupuncture treatment please contact Peter Collison at email@example.com and he will answer any questions you might have.