Acupuncture: What’s All The Buzz About?

It is only one component of this health care system; this medicine also incorporates herbal supplementation, bodywork, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Because of its prevalence in countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, it is now called Oriental Medicine in the west to cover the wide variety of influences within the medicine.

tai chi with triagrams white bckgrdOriental Medicine is based on yin and yang, the ancient Daoist principle of balance. A disease or injury is viewed as a loss of this balance between yin and yang in the body. The imbalance creates symptoms of illness in the patient. The Oriental Medicine practitioner seeks to return balance to the body’s functions. It works by stimulating organ function, encouraging circulation and regulating endocrine secretions. Oriental Medicine is a safe and effective treatment option that can work on its own or in conjunction with other medical treatments.

Does Acupuncture Hurt? Acupuncture needles are far different to the hypodermic needle used to give injections. They are usually painless upon insertion, with a feeling of numbness, heaviness, aching or tingling sensation in the area of the needle. The sensation usually lasts only a moment. For those who dislike needles or are particularly sensitive then the practitioner will use acupressure (finger pressure).

Fall Health Tip – Wear a Scarf. In the fall season, coughs, colds and flu’s are all about us. According to Oriental Medical Theory, wind penetrates the back of the neck, bringing with it external pathogens which can lead to illness. So cover up with a scarf, hat and jacket. If a bug does get through, Oriental Medicine can assist in a faster recovery, moderate the symptoms and prevent more severe illness developing.