What is Acupuncture?
In Chinese medicine, healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of energy (“qi”, 氣) through a system of channels. When all the flows are smooth, all organs are functioning well and the body is in balance. When the flow of energy is disrupted, organ functions are disrupted, which often results in discomfort or even illness. To treat the problem, we insert very fine needles at specific energy points (“acu points”) along the channels to unblock and re-balance “qi” in the body.
Energy flow can be interrupted in many ways: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet and overwork are all common causes. Energy blockages can manifest as pain, hot or cold sensations, or colour changes. We look at these signs, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis to determine the underlying cause and select the appropriate acu points and channels for treatment so that the body self-repairs.
Along with needles, we may also combine other techniques to tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs. One of the techniques often combined with needle treatment is moxibustion (also known as “moxa”).
Acupuncture With Moxa (針灸)
The word used to represent acupuncture in Chinese pronounced “zhen-jiu” actually refers to a combination of two different treatments working together. The first letter “針” is needle and second letter “灸” is moxibustion.
Since long ago, the two treatments are frequently combined with the believe that the needle may help to unblock the blockages, while the moxa may warm up the energy within to facilitate energy flow.