Acupuncture Awareness Week takes place thsis week, from March 6 – March 12, 2017. The aim of the week is to highlight the benefits of acupuncture, which can extend to a wide variety of conditions, including emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression and digestive complaints including nausea, vomiting and irritable bowel syndrome. A recent study by health specialists at the University of York found that acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression.
Eva Heffernan of The Acupuncture Council of Ireland has said that Acupuncture Awareness Week is a good opportunity to inform people of the many benefits of acupuncture: “The use of acupuncture is growing at an exponential rate globally. The WHO (World Health Organisation) supports its use in treatment for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, fertility, pain, migraine, depression, agitation, poor memory, stress and anxiety and much more. We’re finding that acupuncture is becoming a common topic of discussion amongst doctors and GPs, particularly in a peer to peer review setting, including doctor referrals."
While people are often wary of needles, Eva says there is nothing to fear with acupuncture: "Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting extremely thin needles into the skin at various points on the body. People often think that it will be painful but you don't feel any pain or even notice the needles during treatment. Acupuncture can relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, but it’s important to only use a registered acupuncturist, as this guarantees that they have a minimum of three years training.”
Acupuncture Council of Ireland practitioners are also seeing an increase in the demand for another traditional Chinese medicine, Eva adds: “Cupping is another pleasant experience that registered acupuncturists can provide. You might recall in last summer’s Olympics, gold medallist swimmer, Michael Phelps appeared with cupping marks on his shoulders and back; we’re now seeing an increasing number of Irish athletes using the treatment to help reduce soreness and speed up the healing process of overworked muscles.”
The Acupuncture Council of Ireland has 500 members nationwide and provides members of the public with contact details of fully qualified practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. The ACI is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a Register of Acupuncturists and only fully qualified and insured practitioners can become members of ACI, ensuring a guarantee of confidence to any patient seeking treatment.
To find a registered acupuncturist and to find out more about acupuncture and Acupuncture Awareness Week, visit www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com.
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