what is acupuncture

about acupuncture

balance, holistically and naturally

It aims to restore health through balance, holistically and naturally. Health is a state of optimal balance where the systems are working as they should. Symptoms, such as pain or insomnia, are alerts to an imbalance.

Acupuncture originated in China over thousands of years ago and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Today acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-fine sterilised single-use needles into acupuncture points, carefully selected for your health condition. In the Netherlands, acupuncture is widely practised.

how does acupuncture work?

HEaling from the root

Treatments are focused on the root of the imbalance and not just the symptoms or disease.

Acupuncture is increasingly being researched and shown to help a great variety of conditions. Traditional Chinese medicine theory states that disease disrupts the normal flow of Qi (often known as energy) and blood through the body.

Acupuncture works by restoring the harmonious flow of Qi and blood which results in the body healing itself in the long-term and achieving a balance.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions. The most common are:

    • Reduction of pain (acute or chronic)
    • Improves digestion & regularity
    • Boosts energy & stamina
    • Regulates metabolism
    • Reduces cravings
    • Improves emotional well-being
    • Reduction of stress & increased tolerance of stressful events
    • Better quality sleep & feeling more rested
    • Balances hormones: treats many women’s health issues
    • Healthier immune system, e.g. fewer colds & flu symptoms

List of conditions where acupuncture can help:

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  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Toothaches, post extraction pain
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
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  • Spasms of esophagus and cardia
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
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  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
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  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
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  • Infertility
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause syndrome
  • Benign irregular menstruation
  • Benign amenorrhea

Please note that as everyone’s body is different, some may respond faster or positively than others.

In addition to the above benefits, many patients experience other subtle improvements, including sensations of well-being that permeate all aspects of their lives, as well as feeling more connected to their bodies and minds. Below are further examples and explanation: