Indika Acupuncture Galway
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system that dates back over 3000 years yet remains effective and appreciated today. The main modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Diet, Tui Na massage and Qi-Gong, but the most widely used is Acupuncture.
During thousands of years of study and practise Chinese Medicine Doctors discovered pathways along the body, called meridians. Those relate to the organs and systems of the body, through which life energy “Qi” travels. They found out that when there is illness, the Qi is blocked, in excess, insufficient or is unbalanced. Acupuncture was found to be a way of restoring and balancing the flow of Qi by inserting fine needles in Acupuncture points along the meridians.
There are over 300 Acupuncture points to choose from to help your body to get into a balanced state of health and well-being.
Acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with Moxibustion (Heat Treatment) and Cupping (Vacuum treatment).
Ear Acupuncture is also known as auricular Therapy and is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The human ear alone has more than 200 Acupuncture points. The ear is a self – contained micro system from which one can treat the entire body.
Acupuncture points on the ear become active when there is some physical or functional disorder in the part of the body that is represented by that region of the ear. The tenderness or degree of activation increases as the degree of pathology worsens. Correspondingly, the tenderness decreases as health improves.
Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including drug addiction, mental and emotional problems, obesity and pain.
There is no restriction as to who can come for Acupuncture treatments.
One can continue medical treatments while receiving Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is increasingly recognized by Western medicine as an effective alternative or adjunct to conventional treatments for stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, joint conditions, low back pain, and asthma as well as for the side effects of chemotherapy and nausea related to pregnancy.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process in stimulating acupuncture points by inserting sterile needles. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular and digestive system. Acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep and digestive function, and restore the sense of well-being.