WHAT IS Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used medical procedures in the world today.
Acupuncture entails the insertion of solid, fine needles into the body to stimulate specific anatomic points. These points are known as acupoints or acupuncture points. Their locations have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of thousands of years.
Why choose Acupuncture?
The benefits of acupuncture are numerous. It’s often used for pain relief as well as to improve general well-being and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
Examples of some of the conditions where acupuncture can be used as a part of treatment include:
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Hay fever
- Dysmenorrhoea, (painful menstruation)
- Peptic ulcers
- Chronic gastritis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Lower back pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Neck pain,
- Tennis elbow
- Colds & flu
- Psychiatric medication withdrawal
How does acupuncture work?
Needles range from 0.14mm-0.35mm in gauge (thickness) and 13mm-150mm in length. Shorter, finer needles are used on the trunk and in areas where organs and other delicate structures are situated. Longer and thicker needles may be used on the limbs and joints and in thicker, more muscular areas of the body. The depth of insertion of the needles depends on the patient’s size, age, constitution as well as the nature of the condition being treated and the location of the points to be needled.
Great care is taken to insert the needles at very discreet points. As trained acupuncturists, we have sound knowledge of anatomy and will therefore avoid puncturing organs and other delicate structures.
When applied by a skilled practitioner acupuncture will not be painful. When needling, if the correct stimulus sought has been obtained, you may experience tingling, heaviness or even an electric sensation at the point of insertion or in the area being needled. Acupuncture should be painless and if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.
If you would like to find out more about acupuncture treatments in Cape Town contact Dr Lindenberg today: