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 body.
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 to disease

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

  • Soreness
  • Numbnes
  • Heaviness
  • 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 with soap.
  • 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.

Acupuncture Councils

Explanation of the two acupuncture councils and how they relate to accreditation

Microsystems Acupuncture

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:

Auricular Acupuncture

picture of man receiving microsystems acupuncture to his earAuricular 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

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.