What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a key component in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the stimulation of pressure points around our body through the insertion of very thin, solid, hair-like needles into the skin until a slight pressure can be felt to improve the flow of blood and Qi (vital energy).
This allows nutrients to be transported to areas in need and supports the body’s healing process, often relieving pain and aches. TCM acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, but it can also be used for overall wellness and other issues, such as fertility and stress.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are energy points on the meridians, which are pathways through which our Qi flows. In TCM theories, blockages or stagnation of Qi at these points may result in pain, tension and even poor health.
By stimulating these acupuncture points, it promotes both Qi and Blood flow resulting in not only pain relief but also healing as Blood flow brings nutrients to the affected area.
Contrary to popular belief, TCM acupuncture is not painful as the acupuncture needles are very thin. This is a desirable option for patients as our physicians will use needles for both localised treatment and distant needles to correct the underlying body constitution and correct imbalances.
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Acupuncture commonly help alleviate these symptoms:
- Pain management and inflammation
E.g. Arthritis, Back/Knee Pain, Headaches/Migraine, Muscle Aches
A recent study in the Archive of Internal Medicine has shown that Acupuncture reduces pain up to 15% when used for a variety of different types of pain
- Supports recovery in serious conditions like
E.g. Stroke, Post Surgery
- Mood and sleep conditions
E.g. Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Cognitive decline
- Skin conditions
E.g. Eczema, Acne, Anti-ageing
- Gastrointestinal issues (Gut Health)
- Respiratory problems
E.g. Cough, Fever
- Chronic conditions
E.g. Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol (Metabolic Syndrome)
Acupuncture for Pain Management
In TCM, pain occurs when the normal flow of Qi and Blood is disrupted. This disruption can be caused by internal imbalances, external injuries or environmental factors (lifestyle habits, diet and more).
Acupuncture can help with both acute and chronic pain. It promotes circulation of Blood, Qi and nutrients to the area of concern which supports the body’s healing process and relieves pain and aches.
Find out more about how TCM acupuncture and our technology-enhanced therapies in Singapore can help with pain management here.
Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture can benefit men and women struggling with fertility and trying to conceive.
For women, acupuncture can:
- Assist ovulation
- Promote follicle development
- Improve chances of successful implantation
For men, acupuncture can:
- Improve sperm quality
Couples who incorporate TCM acupuncture during their IVF/IUI cycle can increase their chances of successful pregnancy too!
Find out more about how TCM and our technology-enhanced therapies in Singapore can help you conceive here.
Acupuncture for Eczema Care
Acupuncture helps to manage the symptoms of eczema – it reduces itch; reduces inflammation to promote the healing of skin; induces changes in neurotransmitters like serotonin to regulate stress levels which is a common trigger of eczema.
In TCM, Eczema is believed to be caused by dampness in the body and when certain acupuncture points are stimulated, dampness is expelled from the body.
Find out more about how TCM and our technology-enhanced therapies in Singapore can help with Eczema, Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome and Red Skin Syndrome here.
Acupuncture for Cancer Care
A cancer diagnosis accompanies many stresses – physical, mental and emotional. At Oriental Remedies Group Singapore, our physicians have supported numerous cancer patients with great success in managing their side effects and stressors as they undergo conventional treatments.
Acupuncture treatments are focused on improving the patient’s quality of life. Patients report the following benefits of using TCM acupuncture concurrently with conventional cancer treatments:
- Strengthened immune system
- More energy and reduced lethargy
- Reduced cancer treatment side effects
- Reduced anxiety
Acupuncture For Stroke Recovery
The stimulation of acupuncture points can:
- Improve patients’ brain functions
Acupuncture promotes neurogenesis (generation of neurons) and cell proliferation in the central nervous system (CNS). This encourages cognitive health and slows down degeneration of brain and neural function after stroke thus improving patients’ brain functions.
- Recovery of brain functions
Acupuncture helps regulate cerebral blood flow in the ischemic area, and promotes the return of blood flow back to ischemic areas in the brain (the area where blood flow is disrupted resulting in stroke). This facilitates the recovery of functions linked to that area of the brain. For example, if ischemia occurs in the area of the brain controlling speech functions, the patient’s speech abilities will be impaired. What TCM acupuncture does is to help return blood flow to that area, allowing patients to regain the ability to speak.
- Prevent permanent loss of brain functions
Acupuncture brings blood flow to ischemic areas, thus preventing cells in the area from dying, minimizing permanent loss of brain functions.
- Promote neural activity and brain communication
Acupuncture regulates neurochemicals and promotes neural activity in the brain, restoring damaged brain signalling pathways. This ensures that the brain can still communicate within itself and with the rest of the body.
- Improve memory
Acupuncture improves impaired long-term potentiation (LTP) and memory after stroke. LTP is required for memory formation, an improvement in LTP will help to improve memory. Find out more about how TCM in Singapore can help with stroke here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is acupuncture painful?
Different people experience different sensations. Feeling some soreness, distension or radiating sensation is perfectly normal as it is a sign of Qi (vital energy) and Blood accumulating at the acupuncture point.
If you are uncomfortable with the sensation, let your physician know and they can make needle adjustments accordingly.
How much does acupuncture cost in Singapore?
The cost of acupuncture varies depending on the type of acupuncture, the physician’s experience and the clinic you go to.
At Oriental Remedies Group, our acupuncture treatments range from $30 – $80. For more information on our treatment prices please refer to our full price table.
How should I prepare for acupuncture?
Avoid being too tired or hungry before acupuncture treatments. Eat something light and avoid alcohol before your treatment. Don’t be too nervous, try to relax.
I have lower back pain, will acupuncture help?
In TCM, pain occurs when the normal flow of Qi and Blood is disrupted. This disruption can be caused by internal imbalances, external injuries or environmental factors. Most cases of chronic lower back pain are caused by sedentary lifestyle, long hours of sitting and weak back muscles. This results in Qi and Blood stagnation which manifests as a persistent back pain that gets worse after sitting or standing for too long.
Acupuncture can help with both acute or chronic pain like your back pain. It promotes Blood flow in the body and the accumulation of Qi and nutrients in the area of concern. This supports the body’s healing process and often relieves pain and aches.
While acupuncture is one of the most commonly used treatments for pain related concerns, it is best for you to consult a certified physician to find the root cause of your problem. Other treatments that can help with pain include cupping, herbal medication and tuina.