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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique of healing that is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system. It was established over 5000 years ago and is used to unblock the free flow of energy in the body and restore wellbeing. Over the years it has become very popular in Australia as a form of alternative medicine. When it comes to acupuncture Adelaide has a number of options to choose from.
The underlying premise of every acupuncture clinic Adelaide has is that the body’s energy (also known as Qi) moves along established pathways known as meridians. When the energy flows in a smooth and balanced manner, the body is in a state of wellbeing. Blockages or stagnations in the flow of energy can lead to illness and other symptoms.
To unblock the blocked energy, the acupuncturist inserts hair-like needles at specific points along the meridians. This triggers the body’s self-healing process and the pooling energy is free to flow again.
Does acupuncture work?
When it comes to acupuncture Adelaide has a number of loyal fans who have seen great results. However do note that acupuncture is an allied medicine and is not meant to be used on its own for treatment of medical conditions. Modern medicine does not accept the theory of acupuncture and it remains a complementary form of treatment in Australia.
If you’re anxious and wondering “How do I begin looking for an acupuncturist near me?” let Avaana help.
Who can try acupuncture?
In ancient times, acupuncture was used to treat a wide range of different illnesses and conditions but within the city, almost any acupuncture clinic Adelaide has will offer it as a form of pain relief or pain management.
Clients have reported results in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Respiratory problems
- Headaches and migraine
- Digestive conditions such as indigestion, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation
- Liver and gallbladder issues
- Poor sleep and insomnia
- Emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, nervous tension, stress
- Bowel related conditions such as colitis and haemorrhoids
- Poor mouth health such as constant toothache, gum bleeding and mouth ulcers.
- Muscular concerns such as pain, stiffness, sprains, injuries, cramps and strains
- Kidney and bladder issues
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis;
- Arthritic conditions
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Do you know the differences between dry needling and acupuncture.
You do not need to be ill to book a session at any acupuncture Adelaide clinic. It can be used as a reviving wellness treatment as well.
However if you have the following conditions, it is recommended that you do not try acupuncture:
- Certain types of cancer
- Bleeding issues
- Metal allergy
- Conditions that require you to take blood thinners
- Compromised immunity
- Fear of needles
How can I find the best acupuncture clinic Adelaide has?
When it comes to acupuncture Adelaide offers so many options that it can be confusing. You can browse a list of acupuncture Adelaide clinics on the Avaana site or ask your doctor or social circle for a referral.
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What happens in an acupuncture appointment?
Any centre for acupuncture Adelaide offers will start you off with a discussion of your current conditions and medical history. The practitioner will examine you if needed.
The actual insertion of needles is done along the meridian lines of your body depending on the condition being treated. You do not usually need to undress but you may be asked to move an article of clothing if the meridian points are hard to access. Occasionally some acupuncture Adelaide clinics use manual rotation, heating or electrical stimulation of the needles to augment their effects. You’ll be asked to remain still and relax for 10-30 minutes while the needles do the work.
When your session is over, the needles are removed gently without any pain or discomfort and hardly any bleeding. You will only need one or two sessions for the treatment of your condition.
Is acupuncture painful?
Most people do not feel any pain during acupuncture because the needles are so fine. The needles are even more slender than the needles used during a blood test. You may feel a slight tingling or warmth at the points where the needles are inserted. This is said to be the energy being unblocked.
The insertion of needles stimulates a rush of healing hormones and endorphins that relieve pain and can cause you to relax. Some people even doze off during their session.
What should I do before and after a session?
- Before your session at an acupuncture clinic Adelaide, avoid eating a heavy or oily meal, but do eat something light.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs for 12 hours before your session.
- Your acupuncturist may ask to look at your tongue to diagnose any medical issues, so it is best to avoid brushing or flossing just before the session.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing.
- After your treatment, relax and follow instructions.
- Plan a light day and nourishing meals for after your session.
- You may feel sleepy or even slightly light-headed so it is best to avoid driving to and from acupuncture Adelaide appointments.
Is it safe to go to any acupuncture clinic Adelaide has?
Acupuncture is a relatively safe alternative form of treatment as long as it is performed by a qualified practitioner. Do check certifications and reviews of a clinic before you book, so that you are sure of getting trained and registered practitioners