Acupuncture and moxibustion were orignally conceived as a means of health maintenance to “prevent illness before it shows its symptom“. These days they are used mainly to achieve some form of relief or to heal existing discomfort or pain. Obviously, ancient people had a clear concept of that stage of illness which comes before any symptoms appear, and they believed it best to treat illnesses at this stage. This stage is called “Mi Byo” in Japanese which means “before illness”.
“The Instinctual organism does not sit in judgment; it only does what it does. All you have to do is get out of the way.”
Peter A. Levine
With so much focus on preventable illness, it’s natural and sensible to want to enhance or maintain current levels of good health. Using an integrated approach of exercise, eating and treatment appropriate to you, can really make a noticable difference to your wellbeing and quality of life. Those wishing to use acupuncture as part of their ‘wellbeing’ programme to “prevent illness before it shows its symptom” may choose to visit weekly, monthly or as and when they feel the need. Clients may also be concerned about specific acute or chronic conditions, especially those in which western medicine has had little success in treating. It’s my experience that there is often an underlying and unresolved emotional or energetic aspect in most chronic conditions, which has not yet been acknowledged or addressed.
Acupuncture is probably best known for it’s ability to improve pain related conditions. As of 2009, NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) began recommending acupuncture for the treatment of persistant lower back pain. Current western research supports the use of acupuncture not only for chronic lower back pain but also dental pain, osteo-arthritis of the knee, nausea and vomiting. For more information about how acupuncture can help with pain conditions click here.
Pregnancy and Labour
Women seek support at all stages of pregnancy, for labour preparation and post partum as they experience numerous discomforts and health concerns which are especially associated with pregnancy. Acupuncture has much to offer during this time of great physical and emotional change. For more information about acupuncture during pregnancy, labour preparation and post natal treatments click here.
Other common conditions
Other common problems include fatigue, insomnia, digestive issues and problems stemming from a low immune system – not surprising given our hectic lifestyles, extended working hours and commuting long distances. For centuries moxabustion therapy has been used in Japan and China to enhance the immune system and trigger other profound effects including a reduction in blood coagulation time and an increase in adrenal activity. It has a history in Japan of treating TB during the early 20th century when drugs were not available. Research is currently underway to investigate the use of moxa in treating drug resistant TB in Africa. For more information about this project click here.