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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine involving the insertion of fine needles (acupuncture needles) into the skin to harness ‘Qi’ energy (pronounced Chee) considered to be our vital life-force.
The aim being, that stimulation of the body’s own natural healing system will then provide the best conditions by which well-being can be restored.
Five Element Acupuncture is a more ancient form of Chinese Medicine based upon the elements of Nature i.e. those of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
This also takes into account their interactions with each other and the philosophy that we are all made up of these same building blocks,
with universal Qi providing the systems’ energy source.
So by ensuring your body becomes balanced through acupuncture, the optimal condition is then reached to allow natural healing to take place.
Kampo is a Japanese form of herbal medicine based upon the use of ancient tried and proven Chinese formulas, as referred to in classical texts on the subject, such as the Shang Han Lun Wellspring of Chinese Medicine (Chang Chung-ching A.D.142-220).
These formulas have been established as they take into account the beneficial effects on the whole body and not just a particular area. Therefore, they are perfectly safe as a result. Furthermore, the medicine is of a very high quality and comes in a powdered form, and so is easier to take, avoiding the need to have to boil up raw herbs. The usual dosage taken being 1 level teaspoon taken with water 3 times per day.
Moreover, the formulas are often fairly pleasant tasting, containing such common ingredients as cinnamon, ginger, dates, rhubarb and licorice and so can also be taken with food. Similarly, other herbs used are predominately all taken from the fruit/seed, flower/leaf, root/stem of trees, plants/shrubs or mushrooms/fungi. Quite a few of which probably either already grow, or can easily be grown in your garden. For example; peony flower, tree peony, magnolia, bamboo, gardenia, lily, and honeysuckle.
To assess what formula is appropriate, following the initial consultation, there will be an abdominal exam, pulse readings taken and a tongue diagnosis. After which, a corresponding formula will then be dispensed, prescribed and the person asked to report back at the next appointment. Depending upon the feedback received, the formula may then be modified or the same one prescribed again.
Kampo treats a wide-range of conditions and is extremely flexible, in that it can change depending on what is being presented. However, there is usually one or two formula’s that are suited for a particular individual, which after a while, can be taken more as a preventative measure.
Kampo also combines harmoniously and complements five-element acupuncture as they both seek to put an individual’s body into balance, so it can then function in a natural way.