ACUPUNCTURE & MOXIBUSTION

Please note:

  • We DO NOT perform acupuncture treatment on patients with an empty stomach. So please don't skip a meal prior to your consultation (anything in your stomach is better than nothing even if you are not feeling hungry). This is to avoid any dizziness or even fainting after needle insertion due to low blood sugar or energy level.

  • Pregnant women are limited to certain acupuncture points to avoid miscarriages. Moxibustion cannot be applied to the lower abdomen or lower back areas.
    As long as you inform us that you are pregnant, then it is generally safe to have a treatment!

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment is the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use needles in specific areas in which the jing luo or meridians (also known as channels or energy pathways) run through. Today, it is used to treat various ailments, painful conditions or for general wellbeing . Clinical trials have been conducted for acupuncture and the result has improved conditions for patients suffering chronic pain.

In 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) published an offical report of controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Below is a list of some of the conditions and diseases from the report:
 

Psychological Conditions:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia
     

Neurological Conditions:

  • Headache and migraine

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)

  • Paresis following stroke

  • Peripheral neuropathies

  • Meniere’s Disease

  • Nocturnal enuresis

  • Intercostal neuralgia

  • Disc problems
     

Musculo-skeletal Conditions:

  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness

  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures

  • Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Low back and/or neck strain

  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”

  • Sciatica
     

Respiratory System Conditions:

  • Acute sinusitis and rhinitis

  • Common cold and allergies

  • Acute tonsillitis

  • Acute bronchitis

  • Bronchial asthma

 

Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth:

  • Acute conjunctivitis

  • Central retinitis

  • Myopia (in children)

  • Cataract (without complications)

  • Toothaches, post extraction pain

  • Gingivitis

  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
     

Gastrointestinal Conditions:

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardiac

  • Irritable bowel and colitis

  • Acute and chronic gastritis

  • Gastric hyperacidity (i.e. acid reflux)

  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)

  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)

  • Acute and chronic colitis

  • Constipation or diarrhea
     

Gynecological Conditions:

  • Infertility

  • PMS

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Menopause syndrome

  • Benign irregular menstruation

  • Benign amenorrhea
     

Other Conditions:

  • Essential hypertension

  • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs

  • Appetite suppression

For more information about clinical reports on acupuncture, please take a look at The Acupuncture Evidence Project by the Australian Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

What is Moxibustion (or moxa)?

Moxibustion a form of heat therapy using dried and aged Artemisia mugwort herb. It can be used indirectly, on acupuncture needles, or direct burning on the skin.

 

Moxibustion can treat conditions such as:

  • Stimulate the flow of qi/energy and blood circulation

  • Alleviate cold and damp symptoms

  • Reduce pain aggravated by cold temperature such as arthritis, frozen shoulder, stomach ache etc

  • Reduce bleeding, e.g. menorrhagia, uterine bleeding, spotting during pregnancy etc

  • For breech presentation in late term pregnancy

What should I expect?

For acupuncture, the sensation is a mixture of small dull aches and distension at the point of insertion. Occasionally you may feel slight numbing or momentary static-like sensation running along the meridian. This is due to the activation of qi/energy flow in the body. Pain from acupuncture is tolerable, while pain upon needling a nerve causes severe and lasting pain for days. All practitioners have been well trained to avoid this. If an acupuncture point is still sore after treatment, please let the practitioner know. It can be dealt with immediately so you won't go home feeling discomfort.

 

For moxibustion, you will feel a rush of warm sensation where moxa is applied. Let the practitioner know if it is getting too hot to avoid burns, otherwise it is generally safe and blister-free.

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