Acupuncture is central to ancient Chinese medicine, with its origins tracing back over 2,000 years. The Chinese healing tradition deals with the body as a gentle balance of yin and yang. These are opposite but inseparable forces. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the disease happens when the yin and yang energies are imbalances. These imbalances are believed to obstruct the flow of a vital energy (qi) that responsible from spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance along the meridians. The method involves the insertion of incredibly thin sterilised needles at specific points on the body. With inserting these fine needles at the specific points on the body, helps to connect with those meridians. Acupuncture is believed to help removing the obstruction of the flow of qi, and restoring health to the body and mind.
Western medicine explains holistic acupuncture's effects within a different aspect. By stimulating these nerve rich channel points, acupuncture is credited with the ability to help a wide range of conditions. Some Western scientists believe that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system and activates the body to release certain substances such as endorphins, immune system cells, neurohormones, and neurotransmitters...etc It can help to change how the body experiences pain and support physical and emotional well-being. Some studies show that acupuncture also improves involuntary central nervous system activities, like blood flow/ pressure and body temperature.
Acupuncture is used to help to relieve the discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
If your condition is not mentioned above, acupuncture may still be able to help. Gul Ipek is happy discuss your individual situation by email or during a 10 minute complimentary phone consultation. Please contact us for further information.
Auricular - from the Latin for ear - involves the insertions of small acupuncture needles in to the ear. There are researches suggesting it can be beneficial for a range of health conditions (e.g. substance use disorder recovery, anxiety, pain management).
This method aims to address stagnant energy which is believed to cause inflammation. Inflammation could be the underlying cause of variety of conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is believed to help break up this stagnant energy, reducing the inflammation and promoting healing.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture that passes a small electric current between pairs of acupuncture needles. The sensation is usually mild and feels like a small vibration in the vicinity of the needles.
This is a suction only method, bleeding is not involved. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This helps relieve muscle tension, improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair.
Moxibustion is a form of a heat therapy. The treatment involves burning special ground, dried plant materials - called moxa - close to the surface of the skin. This stimulates the flow of Qi through the meridians and dispels certain pathogenic factors.
Chinese medicine is designed to help keeping our body "balanced" or "neutral". A session will focus on Chinese food cures, reviews individual circumstances and gives personalised advice.