Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or East Asian Medicine.

It is an integrated, primary health care system that has proven its health benefits for at least two and a half thousand years, making it one of the worlds oldest health care systems for the treatment and prevention of disease. It is understood in Chinese Medicine that all functions that occur in the body require energy, referred to as Qi (pronounced “Chee”). When Qi becomes weak, excessive or fails to move freely throughout the organism, it cause’s imbalance and physiological change. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, lingering disease, trauma, emotional and lifestyle factors.

Through careful observation of the signs symptoms that present, questioning and pulse diagnosis the Acupuncturist uses fine needles to access points on the body that can correct and manipulate this imbalance. During the treatment the practitioner will draw on moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), massage, dietary and lifestyle advice to compliment the acupuncture treatment. Some common disorders acupuncture is known to treat include:

  • Optimises health, and combats illness
  • Acupuncture helps regulates sympathetic (fight & flight) and parasympathetic (rest & digest) responses of our nervous system. This has a positive effect on creating homeostasis and balance within the body.
  • Regulates hormones within the gastro-intestinal, musculoskeletal, urogenital, reproductive and gynecological systems.
  • Manages both acute and chronic pain.
  • Improves sleep patterns.
  • Increases physiological energy levels.
  • Can help reduce headaches, fatigue, and mental and emotional stress.
  • Can assist in reducing pregnancy morning sickness.
  • Can assist seasonal disharmonies such as hay fever or cold and flu.

At Raw Therapies we look vigilantly for signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention to your presenting symptoms, medical history & general health. We also search for underlying causes that may be contributing. The treatment plan is then tailored specifically to you based on these findings.

Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the body surface at acu-points (energy points) along the body’s meridians (channels of energy flows). With gentle Traditional Acupuncture, the treatment is virtually painless!

Meet our Acupuncturist Naomi Mackenzie