Acupuncture originated in China and has been used for the past 2000 years to treat disease and support good health. Acupuncture is based on the traditional chinese medicine philosophy of Qi (pronounced chi) or ‘life essence’. In simple terms, when Qi becomes blocked, this causes an imbalance in the body, and illness can result.
Michelle uses acupuncture for women’s reproductive health problems and in natural fertility treatments, in combination with diet recommendations and herbal medicine. For more information about acupuncture for fertility click here. Acupuncture can be used for conditions that may arise during pregnancy and to prepare your body for labour. For more information about this you can click here.
Michelle specialises in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia and adrenal fatigue. Acupuncture can also be used to help digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gluten sensitivity, crohn’s disease, indigestion and heartburn.
Michelle often uses acupuncture in combination with massage and cupping to help relieve muscle aches & pain, headaches/migraines, sciatica and leg pain. For more information about massage/cupping click here
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points along the body’s energy channels, known as meridians, to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi. Acupuncture can help many conditions including:
- Digestive – crohn’s disease, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, ulcers
- Emotional – anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Gynaecological – heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome
- Musculoskeletal – back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow and whiplash
- Neurological – Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, Meniere’s disease, migraine, pain, paralysis, shingles
- Respiratory – asthma, bronchitis, common cold, hay fever
- Vascular – haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, varicose veins
- General – chronic fatigue syndrome, giving up smoking, muscle injuries, obesity, stress management, tiredness, travel sickness
Did you know?
- Acupuncture gained attention in U.S. after President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, when an accompanying reporter experienced post-operative pain relief after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and wrote about the benefits of acupuncture when he returned home.
- The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture for at least two dozen conditions.
- Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practicing forms of complimentary medicine known to date.
- Acupuncture needles are a lot smaller than standard hypodermic needles, they do not draw blood, and are not hollow.
- Acupuncture needles are single use, sterilised and pre-packaged.
- Studies have shown that acupuncture points have significantly more electrical conductivity than areas of skin without acupuncture points.