Acupuncture is one of the complementary therapies used for fertility support. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works on the principle that our individual health is maintained by an internal energy flow along specific channels, or meridians, within the body. This energy flow is known as Qi and when this energy is blocked or interrupted, then an imbalance in the function of body organs can occur. The meridians also correspond to the organs of the body and their functions, so blocked energy to the liver can make the whole system sluggish. Stimulating the specific acupuncture points, using a very fine needle, can help release energy and rebalance the body.
“My approach to Acupuncture combines aspects of Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine. We use a unique form of acupuncture largely based on the principles of the Five Elements. I am also trained in both TCM and Five Element Acupuncture which is the same as Zita West herself.” Jacqueline Hurst
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on the underlying condition of the patient and makes a diagnosis based largely on the patient’s symptoms.
- Five Element Acupuncture looks more at the emotional needs of the individual working on harmonising the body, mind, heart and spirit.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture can be traced back over 30 centuries ago to ancient China. It is based on the belief that the body can be mapped with energy channels called meridians, associated with the various body systems in which energy, or qi (chi), flows. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), obstructions to the flow of energy along these channels can result in physical, mental and emotional imbalance, which may eventually lead to disease. Stimulating acupuncture points frees the flow of energy so the body can re-establish its natural balance. TCM draws on the philosophy that there is a connection between human beings and nature. Many of us have lost innate knowledge surrounding our bodies – especially women and their cycles. Our lifestyles can deplete our vital Qi. Acupuncture helps restore balance and create harmony within our system. It treats the person holistically, not just a part of them.
The ancient Chinese didn’t have all the scans and blood tests we have today, so instead they had to make a diagnosis based on observation and took into account attributes such as the colour or shades of colour on the face , around the eyes and mouth for example , heat distribution throughout the body and the emotional aspects of that person. They did this by looking at the tongue, taking the pulses and working out where the patterns of disharmony lay within the body which linked to a Meridan system. Tiny needles are inserted into points that lay along the meridian lines. Needles can be left in or stimulated depending on the treatment.
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