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. While acupuncture is the most often practiced component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one should know that it is only one important piece of a much larger toolbox. Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses several methods designed to help people achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as acupressure and moxibustion; manipulative and massage techniques such as tuina, cupping and gua sha; herbal medicine; diet and lifestyle changes; meditation; and exercise (often in the form of qigong or tai chi).
Due to its complexity, Chinese Medicine seems difficult to comprehend. TCM is based, at least in part, on the Daoist belief that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected, another way to put it: we are the microcosm within the macrocosm. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.
How does it work!
Acupuncture points have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatics and capillaries, all capable of triggering biochemical and physiological changes in the body, from the subtle to the dramatic.When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor and sets off a chain reaction — the sensory receptor stimulates the nerve, which in turn transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. This complex system of interactions between the brain, hormones and glands is a powerhouse, responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes.One of the processes that acupuncturists commonly work with is the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones (thought to be some 200 times more potent than morphine!). Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and even infertility.Acupuncture is also used to release substances that relax the body and regulate serotonin, which affects emotions. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, easing of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system
COMMON ailments treated
WITHIN THE CLINIC
Acute & Chronic Pain
PRICING & PACKAGES
HEALTH PLAN & INITIAL TREATMENT
Extensive Health Consultation
Prescription of Acupuncture
Individualised Nutritional Advice
Subscription to Escapada E-Magazine
Initial Consult & Treatment (90min) ~ €100
Follow up (45min) ~ €80
Six session package - €450
Twelve session package - €900
* Packages can be paid in Instalments
COVERED BY: VHI HEALTHCARE • AVIVA • IRISH LIFE • LAYA • HSF HEALTH PLAN