What is Acupuncture?
Originating in China more than 2000 years ago Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical treatments in the world. By inserting fine, sterile needles into the skin at various anatomical points the needles are then manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation to balance the various systems in the body.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body involves two different opposing and inseparable energy forces: ying and yang. Ying represents the cold, slow or passive energy, and yang represents the hot, fast or active force. An imbalance between the two different types of energy may result to the blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians within our body. This blockage consequently causes various health disorders.
There are more than 361 acupuncture points on the human body. Acupuncture stimulates or alleviates different acupuncture points through the meridians, and helps to release the meridians’ blockage. The practice of acupuncture, ameliorates the flow and balance of energy in the body.
Used throughout the world, acupuncture has been acknowledged by The World Health Organisation(WHO), and NICE (National Institute of Clinic Excellence – UK) as an additional holistic treatment. Switzerland, Cuba, and China, include acupuncture in their health care systems.
Acupuncture is suitable for a wide range of conditions. See the A-Z of conditions treated.
Dr Stavy’s Clinic
As a skilled acupuncturist, Dr Stavy can make a traditional diagnosis from a complex pattern of disharmony unique to your body. This enables her to develop a treatment plan personal to you.
The consultation takes about an hour and follow ups about 50 minutes to an hour. During the consultation you and Dr Stavy will discuss your health status and she will identify and treat the acupuncture points according to your diagnosis. If required additional advice of herbal and supplement treatment will be provided.
Dr Stavy Nikitopoulou always takes great care to explain the steps of the acupuncture treatment and nothing should hurt or be uncomfortable. Insertion of needles is generally painless. As the Qi arrives at the needle, sensations like heaviness, dull aching or distention can be felt. Most patients find this a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.