Sharp ways to complete wellness

Posted on March 6, 2011

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Although acupuncture sometimes seems shrouded in mystery and many of us in the West consider it an ‘alternative’ treatment, it’s been practised for nearly 5,000 years in China. Tradition has it that the procedure works by improving the flow of ‘qi’ along invisible energy channels called meridians. Qi itself is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy. Acupuncture then is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, so it allows the normal flow of qi throughout the body.

In practise, it works by fine needles being inserted into the skin at specific points around the body. Pushed in a few centimetres, then twisted or heated enables them to achieve what many swear are life-changing effects.

I’ve always been intrigued but my fear of needles (despite having one too many tattoos!) has always caused me to give a trial a wide berth.

Until today.

So many friends have raved about it for the treatment of physical injuries and pain relief to fertility and hormonal issues. And so many have raved about Bronwen at Dubai Physiotherapy & Family Medicine Centre; she clearly seems to be the leading lady around here when it comes to playing with needles, so today, I paid her a visit!

There’s no scientific explanation of how acupuncture works but there seems to be no shortage of theories. One popular one states that pain impulses are blocked via acupuncture from reaching the spinal cord or brain. Others suggest acupuncture releases narcotic-like chemicals, endorphins or neurotransmitting chemicals, such as serotonin and noradrenaline.

However it works, there seem to be countless followers so at least some of these theories must bear fruit. Bronwen recommends a course of six treatments and describes it very much as a complimentary medicine rather than the complete solution to our health problems.

The verdict?

  • The insertion of the needles is completely bearable … and actually once in, and you rest for 20 minutes, it’s actually quite relaxing … relaxing yet at the same time invigorating. I felt good. And afterwards, quite recharged
  • Bronwen herself is a joy to be treated by. She’s relaxed, interesting, warm and so friendly that you could easily imagine you’re sipping a coffee and sharing a cake with her at Lime Tree and not actually in the throes of a sharp session
  • And so … I left with another appointment. And will commit to her recommended course of six. Afterall, any treatment, regardless of type or tradition, that optimises my health & wellness is a must-have accessory in my book.

And the conclusion?

To come … !

 

 

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