Western Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles over carefully selected areas of the body (meridian points) where nerves and their receptors are found. This stimulates numerous responses in the central nervous system -responses that have been scientifically documented - that are of potential benefit for many conditions, including back pain, headaches and migraines.
It works by activating natural pain control and healing mechanisms in the body. It can improve local circulation and thus muscle ‘nutrition’, helping to restore muscle strength and decreasing pain. It can normalize nerve communication at many levels of the central nervous system, potentially resulting in better hormonal, visceral and muscular activity. In turn this helps to generate a higher sense of well-being and relaxation, something to which we all aspire!
What’s the difference between western and traditional acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is based on a belief in the restoration of Qi ( chi ) , a vital energy that flows through the body. Western medical acupuncture is evidence- based, using our current understanding of anatomy, physiology and western medical models, which differentiates it from the philosophy -based Chinese approach. Traditional Chinese acupuncture tends to be holistic, in treating the whole individual; the western approach is a therapeutic adaptation of the older technique, largely used for treating specific symptoms of pain and tension. It becomes holistic by being used in conjunction with other treatments, lifestyle and exercise prescription.
Both forms of acupuncture are widely considered to be very safe when utilized by a qualified practitioner. Serious complications are extremely rare.