Acupuncture is now practiced throughout the world to provide safe and effective relief for a variety of illness ranging from arthritis, asthma and anxiety state through headaches, migraine and menstrual disorders, to sinus problems, skin rashes, stomach trouble and the vague state of exhaustion and poor health which often have no clear medical explanation.
“Acupuncture” means “Needle Piercing” which is the principal method of treatment or “Needle Moxa” which means a cone of dry herb is burned on the handle to generate a gentle heat.
The use of needles at specific points on the body surface to restore or maintain health is an ancient medical system, which originated in China and has been revived and developed to become one of the most sophisticated and advanced form of treatment for a wide range of disorders.
The practice of acupuncture is based on the philosophy of yin and yang – two opposite and yet complementary forces that govern all aspects of life, including health. Health problems result from an imbalance of these two complementary forces, which is usually caused by a disruption and blockage of energy, or chi, in the body.
Acupuncturists commonly use thin metal needles as a means of stimulating and balancing the points along specific energy pathways called meridians, to help chi or energy flow freely. Massage, tapping, heat, lasers and magnets can be used as an alternative to the needles.
Acupuncture needles are so fine that there is no discomfort when they are inserted, but a slight tingle known as the needle sensation may be experienced.
They are withdrawn immediately or left up to twenty minutes, during which time there may be a heaviness of the limbs and pleasant feeling of relaxation.
Other methods of treating acupuncture points include massage and tapping techniques which are particularly suitable for children or people who have a genuine fear of needles.
Conditions treated by acupuncturists:
• Tigeminal neuralgia
• High blood pressure
• Stress & associated illnesses
• Respiratory/chest problems
• Back pain
About the acupuncturist
Lei Zhou An (RCHM) is an acupuncturist and herbalist (Chinese herbs) practising in Notting Hill Gate, London W11, UK (covering Holland Park and Shepherd’s Bush). More about the acupuncturist practising in Notting Hill Gate London
The acupuncturist credentials: Lei Zhou An is a member of Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)