Although Acupuncture is an extremely effective modality for many medical conditions, one of its greatest gifts is the prevention of disease and the promotion of health. Traditionally in China, the superior Acupuncturist was one who could heal disease before it manifested.

If you are concerned about your health and well being in the long-term, take care of your diet, exercise and develop a practice that can offset those underlying chronic emotions. The advantage of Acupuncture is its ability to pinpoint exactly where the imbalances and weaknesses are and then precisely and effectively treat them.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into specific points on the body to produce a therapeutic effect. It has been used in China for thousands of years, although its exact origins are unclear. Acupuncture is practiced today throughout the world and is recognized as an extremely effective healing modality.

How does Acupuncture work?

There are generally two explanations as to how Acupuncture works. From a purely Western medical standpoint, the needles stimulate the nervous system producing effects in the local area and within the nervous system itself which can then influence the organs and tissues of the body. Although there is certainly some merit to this understanding, most practitioners who are traditionally trained will take a more Eastern view of how Acupuncture works. This view is based on the existence of energy pathways that run throughout the body and a substance called Qi that runs through these pathways or meridians. Acupuncture can then manipulate the Qi in these pathways to create particular effects. The overall goal is to create balance; if the Qi is balanced and the pathways are open to allow the smooth flow of Qi, good health will result.

Does it hurt?

Generally, no. There are different approaches used by many practitioners some of which may be uncomfortable. Our approach has always been a gentle one and our goal is that you feel no discomfort at all, allowing you to relax and further enhances the healing experience.

How long does a treatment take?

An initial treatment including a consultation will last about one and a half hours. Subsequent treatments are one hour.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Due to the very different way Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnoses, acupuncture is able to treat a wide variety of conditions. Unlike the Western approach to healing, acupuncture treats the person rather than the disease. In addition to being a highly effective modality for preventative medicine and maintaining homeostasis. The World Health Organization lists many conditions that Acupuncture is effective in treating, some of these include:

What would a typical treatment consist of?

First you will have an initial consultation, which takes 15 minutes to half an hour depending on the condition. Once a diagnosis is made you will be asked to lay on the table while needles are gently inserted into specific points. Once the needles are in place, most patients enjoy a guided meditation through headphones. the meditations are specifically designed to enhance the overall effect of the treatment. Once the meditation is complete, the needles remain in place for a further 10-15 minutes.

How often should I have Acupuncture?

This will depend on the condition being treated. Most people will benefit from one treatment a week. It is always recommended to have more than 1 treatment as Acupuncture is generally a journey rather than a one shot deal. All patients should notice an improvement in their condition after 4 treatments, however many notice a difference after just one. You can always contact Gaia for information on Acupuncture packages.

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