The Niraamaya Centre has highly qualified natural therapies practitioners from a range of modalities including naturopathy, nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, chinese medicines and counseling.
Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians (the pathway of vital energy linking body surface and internal organs) with the aim of bringing the body to a state of dynamic balance and harmony.
How acupuncture works
Many people have seen the pictures or models of the acupuncture meridian system. These meridians cannot be seen on the body but are considered in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to be just as real as the blood vessels or nerve pathways as recognised in Western medicine.
It is along these meridians that vital energy (or life force) flows, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs and allowing the body to function smoothly and efficiently. Each of the meridians is associated with a specific organ of the body, the activities of the internal organs all depend on the promoting and stimulating effect of the vital energy.
Disease occurs when some factor disrupts or blocks of the flow of vital energy along the meridians, which will further affects the associated organ or tissue and breaks the dynamic balance of internal environment.
The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow of life forces and re-establish the healthy internal balance by inserting very fine needles into points along the meridians and manipulating the energy flow.
Every aspect of the patient’s life is considered by the practitioner before the points are selected – it may be impossible to change someone’s life circumstance, but by using Acupuncture the person may be strengthened so that they are more easily able to deal with what life brings their way.
Pulse-taking and tongue observation
Effective treatment depends on proper diagnosis. As authentic TCM practitioner we use pulse-taking and tongue observation as two important diagnostic methods in daily practice. They are both used to derive a TCM diagnosis for your condition which is used to plan your treatment.
The tongue provides a window to the inner workings of the body. Each major organ system’s condition can be reflected on the tongue. All you need do is to stick your tongue out, and we can use variations in the tongue’s colour, texture, shape, and coating to evaluate your condition.
While tongue diagnosis provides valuable clinical information, the pulse can be used to gain a deeper understanding of your condition on many levels. In Western medicine examination of the pulse only gives information about the rate, rhythm and volume of the pulse wave, and this information is correlated with the state of the heart and blood vessels. However, in TCM practice we can use pulse-taking to assess which organ is diseased, whether the organ is over- or underactive, and the pathogen causing the damage, as well as the condition of the flow of qi, blood and body fluid of the entire body.
This technique is used in conjunction with acupuncture to get a better picture of the overall health for an individual. It allows for reconfirmation of the disease picture. This will facilitate the practitioner to set up the best treatment plan for an individual.
Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been practiced in China for thousands of years.