What is Acupuncture?

acupuncture in Tallaght by Robie DowdallIt’s a system of medicine in it’s own right, that lends to an explanation of behavior of the human body when not in balance. In Western Medicine this can be described as ‘disease’, ‘illness’, ‘sickness’.

In acupuncture, we say that it is ‘a pattern’, based upon how the energy of the body is working or indeed under duress. The beauty of this system is it’s based upon harmony or balance, so it accounts for the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spirit of the person receiving treatment.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Treatment is provided by the use of finely honed needles, as fine as 0.013mm needles. Points in the body are selected by me; your registered acupuncturist once a pattern of behavior or diagnosis is established. Each treatment is immediately effective, as once a needle is in, your energy system otherwise known as ‘Qi’ is accessed.

Acupuncture is Growing

Currently, the use of acupuncture is growing at an exponential rate globally. The WHO (World Health Organisation) supports it’s use in treatment with, alongside and for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, fertility, pain, migraine and many more. In fact, it is becoming a common topic of discussion amongst Doctors and GP’s, particularly in a peer to peer review setting. This includes doctor referrals.

Balancing Your Health

Acupuncture traditionally was used to keep you healthy, to maintain homeostasis. This means that it was and is used in health to prevent an imbalance or ‘disease’. For those that are already in a state of imbalance it can help return the body to homeostasis or health.

What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?

Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Peri-arthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Acupuncture Points

acupuncture treatemtns at the shamrock wellness centre

Training and Qualifications

I am a graduate of Lansdowne College- http://www.lansdownecollege.ie/

I hold a Diploma in Acupuncture and TCM and a Certificate in Clinical Medicine.