What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing, it is part of a system of healing which originated in China thousands of years ago. Initially acupuncture was practiced by monks and warriors, then it found its way into imperial courts to become the medicine of emperors. The very fact that acupuncture is still being practiced in the 21st century is a testament to its strengths as a system . In China today, patients are offered both western medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal medicine . As a complementary medicine acupuncture it is growing in the Western medical system. There is currently a growing evidence based research system on the efficacy of acupuncture. In some clinical trials acupuncture has outperformed conventional medicine. In other trials research shows how acupuncture has worked successfully alongside western medicine.
During the Golden Age of Chinese thought, (before 200 BC approx), The Yellow Emperor’s Classic, The Nei Jing, was written. This book explains, how to live a life in harmony with the laws of The Universe. It examines at great length the function of the human body, bodily diseases, and their causes. In the Nei Jing, which is still referred to today, the meridian theory, on which the whole of acupuncture is based, is set out, explaining the flow of life energy throughout the body. It explains in detail how an acupuncture treatment can harness this energy and help the body to return to its natural flow. This flow of life energy is known in Chinese terms as Qi. In western terms this is often identified as electro magnetic fields. This Qi circulates from one organ to another along channels and pathways known as meridians. There are twelve principal meridians and eight secondary, feeding these main organs, following a particular route. There is an intricate acupuncture point system along these meridians which have specific functions, and whose exact location enables the acupuncture practitioner to accurately place the acupuncture needles on the surface of the body. We now know through scientific research that these pathways exist.
Why choose acupuncture?
The structure of acupuncture is to treat the body as a dynamic whole, not just from the physical perspective. To restore life energy to body mind and spirit. Bringing everything back to harmony. An acupuncture practitioner is equally trained to treat the emotional aspect of the person using the models set out in the Chinese texts. Deeply entrenched in the heart of Chinese Medicine there is a system, a map of the psyche, similar to that of the Chakra System, know as The Five Spirits. This knowledge facilitates the practitioner to go beyond the physical problem and its symptoms. Giving the acupuncture practitioner extra insight into how and why the natural order of the body’s system has broken down. Only then, weighing up the physical, mental and the spiritual, can the practitioner understand the nature of the imbalance and apply the appropriate acupuncture treatment. This complex system of healing takes many years for a practitioner to learn. It then takes many more years in practice to gain experience and wisdom.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT IS THE COST
- PRE & POST IVF TRANSFERThis includes a full diagnostic profile and 2 acupuncture treatments
- INITIAL CONSULTATION & TREATMENTThis includes a full diagnostic profile and one acupuncture treatment
- €60 PER TREATMENT THEREAFTER
- 4 TREATMENTSPayable in advance
All payments should be made in cash or cheque. Please note that credit cards cannot be accepted.
A 50% of the fee applies for appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.
Most major health insurers will refund part of the treatments, depending on the level of cover.