Acupuncture is believed to have originated in China and has been used for over 2000 years to support good health. Acupuncture is based on the traditional chinese medicine philosophy of Qi (pronounced chi) or ‘life essence’. In simple terms, when Qi becomes blocked, it is believed this causes an imbalance in the body, resulting in discomfort, pain or illness.
Michelle uses acupuncture for women’s reproductive health problems in combination with diet recommendations and western herbal medicine. For more information about the use of acupuncture for fertility click here. Acupuncture can be used for conditions that may arise during pregnancy and is thought to help prepare your body for labour. For more information about this you can click here.
Michelle has a special interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia and adrenal fatigue. Acupuncture can also be used to help with digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gluten sensitivity, crohn’s disease, indigestion and heartburn.
Michelle often uses acupuncture in combination with massage and cupping which may help to relieve muscle aches & pain, headaches/migraines, sciatica and leg pain. For more information about massage/cupping click here
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points along the body’s energy channels, known as meridians, which is believed to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi. Acupuncture may help with many conditions including:
- Digestive – crohn’s disease, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, ulcers
- Emotional – anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Gynaecological – heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome
- Musculoskeletal – back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow and whiplash
- Neurological – Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, Meniere’s disease, migraine, pain, paralysis, shingles
- Respiratory – asthma, bronchitis, common cold, hay fever
- Vascular – haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, varicose veins
- General – chronic fatigue syndrome, giving up smoking, muscle injuries, obesity, stress management, tiredness, travel sickness
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.