Acupuncture is medical system which originated in China and dates back over 3500 years. It is fully integrated into hospitals and health care systems across China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. Not only has it been used by billions of people across the East, but since the early 1970s, it has rapidly spread to the West and is now used by millions of people worldwide as a curative and preventative medicine. Since 2002 Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture has been properly accepted and regulated in South Africa, and all doctors and/or practitioners are required to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA), a governing body that ensures the highest levels of training and ongoing development.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, single use, stainless steel needles into specific points in the body which re-establish health, by rectifying the body's own self healing mechanisms. Needles are left in for approximately 25 to 45 minutes. Each session the doctor assesses changes that have occurred and a new point prescription is used. Depending on the presenting condition, patients generally receive a course of acupuncture treatments.
During your first consultation we will discuss your presenting ailment in detail as well as have a look at your general health. The diagnosis incorporates detailed questioning, pulse and tongue diagnosis as well as any other relevant clinical examinations. We will also do blood work if necessary. Together with your presenting ailment, I will be able to highlight any other areas of your health that might benefit from acupuncture treatment. This is a great advantage of the Chinese Medicine system as it looks at health and the body holistically.
After a diagnosis is made, you will receive your first session of acupuncture. During the acupuncture treatment, a small number of acupuncture needles will be inserted into specific points to help trigger your body to start healing itself. Needles are generally left in place for 25 – 45 minutes, and sometimes the needles are inserted and immediately withdrawn. During the treatment, most patients experience deep relaxation and leave feeling restored, peaceful, and in many cases more energized.
Sterile, single use, disposable needles are used ensuring hygienic and safe treatment. After the initial consultation, patients will often attend for a series of follow up treatments, the number and frequency of which will depend on the patient and their condition.
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO (World Health Organization) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and condition that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
The Word Health Organization also acknowledges acupuncture as effective treatment (more research is required to bring it up to the proven effective category) for another 64 diseases, conditions and symptoms: