5 Things to Know About Acupuncture

Hugh Hayward, Chinese Medicine Practitioner. 

1. The more you have, the better it gets!
The effects of needling specific points on the body are cumulative. Unlike pharmaceutical substances which the body builds a tolerance to over time, the brain recognises and creates more and more neural pathways to aid healing every time you get a treatment. The closer together your treatments are, the better the effect. Just like learning to speak a different language, the more you practice the better.

2. Acupuncture is best used as a preventative. 
Acupuncturists take note of very subtle changes in the body and are often able to detect disharmony before it manifests with the symptoms which we are used to. It takes more energy and more treatments to come back from the deep end of an injury or illness, so having the occasional top up treatment can keep you fighting fit. 

3. Dry needling is not acupuncture!
Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic techniques and specific point selection based on organ meridians. While other therapists administer dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions and use acupuncture needles, this practice is not acupuncture! Patients report a very different treatment response and sensation on the needle after having compared the two.

4. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine.
Holistic medicines by name, have been lumped into the category of gypsy witchery, so it is a term we don’t see often these days, but by definition it is a medicine which treats the whole individual. Not just their heart or their foot. Acupuncture traditionally recognises that no physiological system in the body works independently, which ultimately helps clear the disease from its roots.

5. No 2 treatments are the same.
Each and every one of us is individual in our momentary collection of symptoms, therefore, no two treatments are exactly the same. This is what makes Chinese medicine diagnosis so specific. The body is ever changing and so is your illness, so a dynamic approach is best.