What is Acupuncture?
"Acupuncture is the insertion of a solid disposable
needles into accurate, specific acu-points along the energy
channels to systematically balance and harmonize the flow
and functions of the intrinsic energies (Qi) of the human
This is fundamental to the practice of acupuncture in Chinese
Medicine for treatment, disease prevention or maintenance
of health." Maria Mercati ©
What is an Acupuncture Practitioner ?
A fully qualified acupuncturist is able to give a specialist traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and a prescribe treatments that can be effectively used for a wide range health issues.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
- Pain anywhere in the body
- Weakened immune systems that result in allergies and susceptibility
All musculo-skeletal conditions
- Neck and Back pain
- Slipped Disc, Sciatica, Sacro–iliac pain
- Knee conditions, Tennis Elbow, RSI, Frozen Shoulder
- Pain due to Muscle, Tendon and Joint Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post-Stroke Rehabilitation
Acute & chronic internal conditions
- Allergies, Sinusitis, Hayfever, Skin, Eczema, Asthma
- Diarrhoea, Constipation, IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- ME, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuralgia, Fibrositis
- Infertility, PMT, Menopause, Impotence
- Headaches, Migraine
- Earache, Tinnitus, Stop Smoking
Psychological & Emotional conditions
- Depression, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
"Acupuncture does not take effect until
the arrival of Qi. This is called Deqi. Inserting
the needle into the skin should cause slight or no pain. The
needle should go through the first layer of the skin quickly.
Deqi can be an uncomfortable sensation once the needle is
inserted. When the needle is manipulated (twiddled) the sensation
should be as strong as the patient can bear. This is different
for each patient." Maria Mercati ©
Signs of Deqi
- Drawing feeling
- Sensation up or down the energy pathway
- Electric shock
- Feeling of a fish pulling on a fishing line
Maria Mercati ©
Health & Safety for the patient
- Before needling the acupuncturist must wash his /her hands
- The area around the acupoints must be sterilized with
75% alcohol cotton ball or a propanol swab.
- Only sterile disposable needles must be used. These must
be disposed of in a sharps container.
Therapists who are qualified to combine Acupuncture with
Tui Na create some of the most powerful medicine available
in the world today.
Explanation of the two acupuncture councils and how they relate to accreditation
Intro: Micro Systems
Microsystems Acupuncture is both an alternative, and complementary
to traditional acupuncture. One style on its own may be used
or several styles in conjunction. It comprises the following:
acupuncture uses either needles, studs, seeds or metal balls
on specific points which functionally and topographically
represent the whole body.
Wrist and Ankle Acupuncture
This specialised wrist and ankle microsystems acupuncture
is primarily used for pain control. It a system that can be
used on a daily basis in a clinic that specialises in musculo-skeletal
conditions. It can achieve magical results
with frozen shoulders, back pain, neck pain, wrist and foot
pain, achilles etc. It uses only six points on the extremities
and produces amazing, fast, almost instant results. Until
recently it has been a well kept secret.
Back Shu, Jia Ji and Spinal Acupuncture
This form of acupuncture has acupoints on either side of
the spine each of which represents one of the internal organs
and the nerves that relate to it.
Scalp acupuncture affects the motor, sensory and associative
areas of the cerebral cortex.
Master Tung's Acupuncture
Master Tung’s acupuncture system where needles are
inserted into specific areas which correspond to specific
and quite different parts of the body.