Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy that has its roots in a medical system that is thousands of years old. During the treatment a practitioner inserts very fine needles into certain parts of the body to unblock energy. To find out more about Acupuncture, we spoke to Rose Zhang, a TCM practitioner at Chuan Spa at the Langham.
What is the theory behind an acupuncture treatment?
“Acupuncture theory is based on the concept of Qi circulating through energy channels or meridians in the body. It is used to regulate the flow of vital energy and bringing balance to the body and the mind. It also helps to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance/homeostasis.”
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
“Acupuncture treats more than just symptoms of a condition, but looks at the root of the problem and the body as a whole.
“There is normally an initial consultation while the practitioner establishes the diagnosis and treatment based on TCM principles. The practitioner then inserts very fine disposable sterile acupuncture needles into the channels of energy of the body to achieve a desired therapeutic effect.
“The needles are normally left in position for about 30 minutes before the practitioner returns to remove them.”
What makes acupuncture different to a normal spa treatment?
“Acupuncture helps the body to rebalance itself. While it may be used for relaxation or for cosmetic purposes, its uses are much wider and can be used to treat a number of health conditions.”
Who would you recommend an acupuncture treatment to be most suitable for?
“Acupuncture is holistic and can be suitable for everyone but it is especially helpful for those suffering from chronic conditions.”
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