Acupuncture heals by balancing energy within the body. While each persons experience is different, most will say they feel only a minimal amount of sensation when needles are inserted. Once they are in most patients will say they feel a sense of deep relaxation to the point of sleepiness and most fall asleep. The needles used are as thin as a hair, making the experience in no way similar to having an injection and they are also designed to not harm the skin. They are inserted gently and shallowly, in order to stimulate certain acupuncture points throughout the body.
Acupuncture originated in China around 3,500 years ago and to this day remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population.
Chinese and Western Herbs
Chinese herbs differ from western herbs in that they are always used in a formula often containing 5-15 herbs. Formulas are crafted to address your individual needs, thereby the amount and quantity of herbs used will vary. We mostly use plants and minerals and stay away from using animal parts. At times we will prescribe western herbs when we cannot find organic Chinese herbs.
Our commitment to the environment means that we will not use any medicinal substance derived from an endangered species nor one that involved inflicting pain on a living being. We use only the cleanest herbs available that are certified organic, that way you are getting the best most effective medicine without hurting you with unwanted pesticides. Herbs can be taken in many forms to suit your lifestyle.
One of the ways functional medicine can be used is to look at genetic data and see how genetic material has the potential to express itself, the expression is called a polymorphism. A common genetic polymorphism is MTHFR and it has two ways it can express, one is an inability to metabolise folate which leads to clotting issues and can be a cause of infertility. It is simple to treat by simply adding Vitamin B6 and methylated folic acid as a supplement. This small adjustment can ward off many health problems in the future and often leads to pregnancy in infertility cases related to this. This is an example of the ways in which we can use genetic information to take better care of ourselves and prevent disease. There are many genetic polymorphisms that can be addressed with dietary changes, correct supplements and medication when necessary.
We can now determine by your genes what drugs you will best respond to when treating depression and certain cancers. Foreknowledge of our genetic material can help us to make informed decisions about our healthcare and how to optimise it.