What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupunture?

Salvatore Pesaturo

We are pleased to introduce Salvatore Pesaturo, Clarity’s highly regarded and beautifully warm Acupuncturist.

After making use of acupuncture in his youth for his own health problems Salvatore developed an interest in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He is now a qualified acupuncturist after earning a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (acupuncture) and completing an internship in the Chinese Medicine hospitals of Guangxi, China.

Acupuncture is a procedure that involves the insertion of needles into physiologically reactive sites to stimulate local and systemic effects that aid the bodies healing response which allows it to treat a number of conditions.

Acupuncturists treat problems by combining a number of techniques. Firstly, needles are inserted into acupuncture points, which are points that have a specific physiological effect when stimulated for example: reduction of pain or nausea, increased blood flow to the site of injury to aid healing, raised immune function, improved intestinal peristalsis or reduced inflammation. Needles are also inserted into bands of tight muscle known as trigger points which are a common cause of muscular pain. Insertion of needles stimulates the muscle fibres to relax and lengthen reducing pain and dysfunction.

The use of thin filiform needles ensures that the procedure is virtually painless. Good needle technique allows for fast penetration of the skin to minimise pain (at worst a mild pinch is sometimes felt.) The needles is then inserted into the muscle layer which will usually elicit a pleasant spreading or radiation sensation known as Deqi, or a slight twitch in the muscle.

In conjunction with needling techniques a range of other methods are utilised depending on the needs of the individual client:

Cupping: The use of suction cups are used to increase blood flow, and reduce myofascial tension to help muscular problems and injuries recover.

Moxibustion: Burning of herbs near the skin (without making direct contact) to stimulate points with heat.

Electroacupuncture: Stimulation of acupuncture points with a mild electrical current to increase stimulation to points and muscles.

Massage as well as some exercises and lifestyle advice may be used as well.

 


 

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