Acupuncture is used to balance and support the body for many health conditions and can be used safely along with mainstream medicine to enhance the success of your current treatment.
Acupuncture enhances the energy or electrical system of the body, which runs through channels called Meridians. This energy flow is regulated by inserting fine needles into strategic points located on the energy channels on the body and enables the body to heal.
Acupuncture is also used as a preventative medicine where acupuncture is used a few times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment to prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.
When Can Acupuncture Be Used?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) acupuncture can be used to help the following conditions:
- Pain and inflammation
- Back, hip, shoulder and knee pain
- Sciatica and nerve pain
- Migraine and headaches
- Sinus congestion, chest infections and asthma
- Heart disease, hypertension and stroke
- Stomach and bowel issues
- Kidney and bladder problems
- Heavy and painful periods
- Fertility issues
- Fatigue and low energy
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Sleep problems
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
- Balances the immune system and helps to decrease inflammation and pain.
- Promotes parasympathetic activity and relaxation of the nervous system thus promoting stress reduction and improves sleep.
- Less pain
- More energy
- Stabilised moods
Types of Acupuncture
- Traditional acupuncture:
Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into strategic points located on the energy channels throughout the body, which enables healing through improved circulation and oxygenation to the tissues which then improves pain.
- Laser acupuncture:
Laser acupuncture is used for acute inflammatory and neuropathic pain relief. It is defined as the stimulation of traditional acupuncture points with low-intensity, non-thermal laser therapy. Laser therapy can be used instead of acupuncture to treat all types of pain and is very useful for deep seated nerve pain and sciatica.
Electro-acupuncture is the term used to refer to the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles, to acupuncture points on the body. Read more about electroacupuncture.
- Ear (auricular) acupuncture:
Ear acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific points on the ear. Stimulating these points is believed to promote healing in other areas of the body. Ear acupuncture is used: to improve the body’s flow of energy and to restore a balance within the internal organs; to relieve anxiety, depression, addictions and insomnia; and for pain relief.
- Battlefield acupuncture:
Battlefield Acupuncture is an Auricular Therapy (Ear acupuncture) protocol that was invented by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD. He came up with the name Battlefield Acupuncture for the simple reason that it could be used on the battlefield when it was not advisable to use western pain medications. When these needles are inserted into the Battlefield Acupuncture zones they can have an incredible effect for immediate pain relief.
More about Acupuncture
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, it is very safe when the treatment is carried out by fully trained professionals.
Do I have to stop taking my medication?
It is very safe to have acupuncture treatment when taking medication. .
How many treatments will I need
There is no definite answer to this question as it is dependent on the nature of your condition, how long you have had the condition, your response to the treatment and your overall health. However, many people report feeling very relaxed after the needles are inserted and experience immediate beneficial effects. Each case is unique and will require a full assessment during your initial consultation. Book an initial consultation.
Insurance companies are increasingly covering acupuncture as part of their policies. However this is only with some insurers and certain policies and for certain conditions. Also, it is individual practitioners rather than the clinic who will be covered. It is very important to check with your provider specifically about their requirements for coverage. VHI Healthcare, Laya Healthcare, Irish Life Health and HSF Health plan recognise the Crane Clinic and cover our treatments. Typically patients will pay for treatment and reclaim the cost through their insurers, we provide receipts and reports as requested.