Acupuncture originated in the East, at least 2,000 years ago if not longer. It is a traditional healing modality where the practitioner will insert very fine sterile acupuncture needles into specific points along meridian channels, which stimulate the body’s natural healing response and life force energy Qi(pronounced chi).
A meridian channel is like the electrical network of the body, there are at least 12 which are interconnected with the organs in a cyclical manner. Qi circulates through the channels to the organs and back again. If there is not enough or too much Qi, sickness or imbalance occurs. There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body that affect the body, mind and spirit in different ways. For example, if a person is highly stressed and has digestive problems the practitioner will select points to address the digestive function but also ones to reduce stress and create more harmony. This is why acupuncture is a holistic therapy, addressing the cause (lifestyle and diet are always assessed) and the symptoms.
Often other modalities are used in conjunction with a treatment. Cupping and can be used to deepen the treatment. Cupping is actually more wide spread throughout the world, in Europe as well as the East. Glass cups are heated and are placed on painful or tight areas of the body to encourage more blood and Qi flow to the area. The heat creates a negative pressure which pulls the skin up, this can leave a mark so it’s not ideal before a wedding but it has amazing detoxification effects, stimulating the lymphatic flow of the body.
Always seek a qualified practitioner.
WHAT SORT OF ISSUES DO PEOPLE LOOK TO ACUPUNCTURE TO CURE?
The WHO (World Health Organisation) currently recognizes acupuncture to treat successfully:
Headaches, migraines, stroke, trigeminal neuraligia, asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, tonsillitis, colds and flu, digestive system disorders, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, colitis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, low back pain, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.
Studies have shown acupuncture treatment to improve fertility with or without IVF.
Other health conditions acupuncture is effective for are:
Menstrual disorders, painful and irregular periods, neck strain, musculoskeletal injuries, stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
WHY IS ACUPUNCTURE BECOME SO POPULAR DO YOU THINK?
In my opinion acupuncture has increased in popularity because people are exposed and educated to it more and more. When it was first introduced to main stream society, everyone viewed it as strange, if not scary. Like all new ideas, it has pushed people to try something new and outside the box. Initially, some were resistant but now, with some medical doctors using it and the amount of money going into research acupuncture is very well recognized. You simply cannot deny its benefits.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE AFFECTS?
The brilliant thing about acupuncture is it has no side effects, at least not any negative ones. Side effects of a treatment may be a feeling of peace or being at ease. You can expect a deeper sleep that night, maybe some initial fogginess straight after a treatment but all in all very positive.
HOW OFTEN WOULD SOMEONE NEED TO HAVE ACUPUNCTURE FOR TO CURE SOMETHING? obviously this varies but just give an idea of is it once, or say a sprained ankle, average estimated treatment times/visits?
This varies between different practitioners and how acute or chronic the condition is with the client. A ball park estimate would be around 8 to 12 weekly treatments.
WHAT DREW YOU TO BECOMING AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
This is such a big question for me! My Russian heritage has influenced me as far as career choice as did my grandparents who taught natural ways to prepare meals treat the body with homeopathic remedies and herbs. My father also had a massive book collection, which included herbals, iridology, acupressure and yoga and as a child I liked to read. It was instinctive to pick up the more colourful and interesting books. I think this planted a seed because in my last year of high school I was in a serious car accident. After the initial healing I was left with odd symptoms and a feeling something just wasn’t right. My best friend’s mother is an acupuncturist and offered to treat me. I agreed and felt the benefits straight away, which sparked a very serious interest and I began to study.
Ulyana Michailov ND
Acupuncture & Naturopathy
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