Singapore Acupuncture Specialist
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Acupuncture is one of the major categories of TCM treatment; it includes the stimulation of specific acupoints with selected instruments (needles, Moxa, Stones, Scrapping, etc.) across the body to achieve therapeutic outcomes. Acupuncture in a classical interpretation is based on the meridian theory of TCM and it is by addressing the relevant points on the meridians which relate to respective functional organs across the body that treatment is achieved.
The World Health Organization has recognized Acupuncture as a valid therapeutic method for a variety of conditions. There are however a variety of Acupuncture methods in practice today, some are based on the Musculo-skeletal or myofascial pathways, others on symptomatic practices, whilst Classical Acupuncture follows the traditional meridian approach.
Many other fields of medicine have adopted Acupuncture like approaches (e.g. Dry Needling, Trigger points) but are only a small portion of the very comprehensive Chinese medical science system. We apply the classical science of Chinese Medicine whilst being aware of the other physiological systems accordingly.
The most common aspect of Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles (sterile, single use, disposable needles) into the various acupoints which sometimes depending on the point or condition might experience some slight discomfort but it is easily tolerable. Once inserted the acupoint might cause different sensations like type of ache, tingling or fullness. In the more energic Classical Acupuncture since there needling manipulation there would buzzes of sensations running through the meridian in many cases due to the direct energy based treatments.
There are very few side effects of acupuncture when inserted in the correct manner as undertaken by a qualified TCM Physician. Sometimes some very small blood dots or droplets might occur at the localized level and after the session given the energic re-balancing undertaken some fatigue, achiness and fullness might be felt for a day or so.
It should be noted that people with severe conditions or are pregnant should be cautious when considering acupuncture. Also please be kind to ensure that you have not showered or eaten just before your TCM session (let at least one hour pass).
Some of the various techniques with Acupuncture include:
- General Needling (standard inch needles)
- Seven star or Plum blossom needles
- Three star bloodletting needle
- Ear Acupuncture
- Moxibustion to points either direct, non-direct or combined on the needle
- Cupping on specific areas and regions
- Guasha or scraping of certain paths
- TD Lamps
- Electro-acupuncture simulation of points
- Laser acupuncture
What can acupuncture do for sports pain?
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of neck pain, back pain and sports pain particularly those caused by whiplash. Some studies suggest acupuncture can treat degenerative neck disorders such as ankylosing spondylosis and cervical spondylosis; in many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches.
Acupressure and herbal medicine are sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture for neck pain. Applying acupressure to the neck muscles can reduce spasm and lessen pain, leading to a relaxed state and a heightened sense of well-being. Depending on the patient's condition, certain herbal products can be used to improve circulation and blood flow and ease muscle contraction.
For thousands of years, the Chinese medical practice of acupuncture has been purported to bring balance and stability to people's physical and emotional states. Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as two thousand years before the birth of Christ. This is in sharp contrast to the American or Western forms of health care, which have been in existence for a much shorter time span (the American Medical Association, the largest health care member association in the United States, was formed in 1847, some 3,800 years after the first mention of traditional Chinese medicine).
Today, millions of people continue to turn to acupuncture, which has now been the subject of a large number of scientific studies. An aggregate review of these studies indicates that acupuncture can relieve pain and stress in a wide variety of conditions.
As a comprehensive TCM specialist, Dr. Jospeh and Dr. Xia Yu will provides patients with treatment that aims to restore their overall health. Those who come to our office can rest assure that their wellbeing is in good hands. Dr. Xia Yu graduated in the top 1% of his class as a Singapore Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, focusing acupuncture treatments on pain management.