Acupuncture is thought to have originated from China and has been used for over 2000 years. In simple terms, when Qi becomes blocked or when Yin and Yang are not in harmony, this can cause an imbalance in the body, resulting in pain, discomfort or disease.
Michelle has spent many years practising acupuncture in the treatment of issues associated with women’s and reproductive health. She combines hands on treatment with suggestions of appropriate diet and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and/or western/chinese herbal medicine. For more information on the use of acupuncture for fertility you can click here.
Acupuncture can be used for conditions that arise during pregnancy such as headaches/migraine, high blood pressure, pelvic instability, hip pain, and anxiety, to name a few. It can also used to help prepare your body for labour. For more information on this click here.
Michelle has a particular interest in issues of the nervous system, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and adrenal fatigue. She is also experienced in treating digestive issues like IBS, gluten sensitivity/intolerance, crohn’s disease, gallbladder disease and G.O.R.D.
A typical acupuncture session involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points found along the body, known as meridians, to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi (pronounced chi).
Did you know?
- Acupuncture gained attention in U.S. after President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, when an accompanying reporter experienced post-operative pain relief after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and wrote about the benefits of acupuncture when he returned home.
- The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture for at least two dozen conditions.
- Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practicing forms of complimentary medicine known to date.
- Acupuncture needles are a lot smaller than standard hypodermic needles, they do not draw blood, and are not hollow.
- Acupuncture needles are single use, sterilised and pre-packaged.
- Studies have shown that acupuncture points have significantly more electrical conductivity than areas of skin without acupuncture points.