What is Acupuncture?

Described by the Chinese as, “channels that transport energy (qi) around and through the human body”, acupuncture can provide pain relief, treat chronic injuries and ailments, prevent chronic disease and maintain wellbeing.

Qi is influenced at acupuncture points, which is where the acupuncturist inserts needles. When qi flows freely and uninterrupted the human body will function at its optimum, however when qi becomes blocked, parts of the body (such as organs and muscles) become impaired, resulting in symptoms of illness or pain.


Traditional Chinese acupuncturists believe gentle stimulation at these exact acupuncture points will aid the body’s own defensive and self healing processes which, subsequently, assists to promote, improve and maintain good health.

An acupuncturist can simulate acupuncture points by several methods including heat (moxibustion), magnets, laser and fine disposable acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a number of conditions such as:

  • headaches and migraines
  • nervous tension
  • sleeping difficulties
  • cramps
  • sore throats, tonsillitis, influenza and common colds
  • hayfever
  • constipation and diarrhoea
  • weight control
  • menstrual pain
  • morning sickness
  • difficulty conceiving
  • skin disorders such as eczema and dermatitis
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • sporting injuries

Exercise physiologist Merendi Leverett from Merendi Health & Wellness uses Acupuncture in her centres to relieve chronic and acute pain, but sometimes even to stop smoking or induce birth, if overdue.

“Acupuncture is also a great accompaniment to deep tissue massage, especially if the muscles are extra tight or deep-set, where physical touch cannot get to. We have clients who swear by Acupuncture as a natural alternative to medications such as Paracetamol,” Merendi explained.

“Some clients with severe migraines prefer to use Acupuncture for treatment rather than the ‘heavy’ medications their GP provides, because they can sometimes leave them feeling lethargic and/or nauseated,” she added.

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  1. Ther was also a study not that long back where people got just as much relief from random needle applications as with the traditional accupoints.

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