There are two types of acupuncture practised in the west today; Medical acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. All styles of acupuncture currently practised around the world trace their roots back to this text.
Without the help of modern scientific equipment, ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effect of emotional stress on the immune system. Traditional acupuncturists are no less scientific or sophisticated than western clinicians in their understanding of how the body functions, although to this day they use terminology that reflects Chinese medicine’s cultural and historic origins.
Medical acupuncture is practised by osteopaths, doctors, and physiotherapists. Basic needling techniques are used within the framework of a western medical diagnosis to relieve symptoms such as pain and headache.
Traditional Chinese Medicine allows the acupuncturist to consider your symptoms in a holistic way, which may occur through physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition or injury. When this happens, it is an imbalance of your qi, or your body’s vital life energy that are causing the symptoms. Acupuncture works to rebalance the body’s qi by inserting ultra-fine needles into acupuncture points in the body.
For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony. TCM tools also include cupping, moxabustion, as well as acupuncture.
Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.
Amanda offers stand alone Acupuncture sessions for most health issues, or a combination of acupuncture and Massage for Musculoskeletal problems, and a combination of Acupuncture and Table Shiatsu for emotional or Psychological issues where an element of hands on work can feel supportive.
She also offers Acupuncture for fertility support.