Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. These strategically located points on the body are known to have an effect on our energy, blood, and hormones. Acupuncture releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) to induce a state of relaxation and healing. The needles alone create the beneficial effects, which include: improved mood, reduced or relieved pain and improved function of affected areas of the body.
Huna Healing Centre uses Acupuncture to balance the flow of qi, encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain, improve function of affected areas of the body, prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems, restore the central nervous system and therefore encourage the body to heal itself. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed. Book your appointment today with our Doctor of acupuncture to awaken the power within you to heal naturally.
The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have Identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to the body; blood and body fluids, cells, organs, muscles, bones, joints and also other organs.
The philosophy suggests that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted, resulting in illness.
Acupuncture points are specific points on the meridians where Qi is both concentrated and accessible. These points are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI (a very sophisticated x-ray), researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain. As such, the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
How it works
During a Treatment
Needles are retained for approximately 20-30 minutes. Soothing music is played to help you relax during this time- some people even fall asleep during the treatment. Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop progressively over one to three days. The relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then longer with each successive treatment. Relief may also be immediate and last until your next visit. Individual response to treatment varies.
Contraindications to Acupuncture needling
- Pacemaker use
- Mechanical heart valve in place
- Coagulopathy (e.g. hemophilia, anticoagulants)
- Immunocompromised conditions (e.g. cancers, diabetic, HIV)
- Open or infected skin
Potential Adverse effects to Acupuncture needling
- Tissue trauma: Bruising, bleeding
- Vasovagal effects: Nausea, syncope
- Broken needles
- Transient worsening of symptoms
- Perforation of organ