Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, is available on-island, through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner Steven Zhang, who offers a variety of traditional treatments at Wonder Hands. The practice involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body, and is most commonly used to treat pain – while avoiding the use of drugs.
Acupuncture can be used as a stand-alone treatment, and can also be combined with other treatments (such as moxibustion) to increase its effectiveness, Wonder Hands suggests.
“Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force – known as qi or chi – believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. It is a way to ‘wake up’ your body to self-heal.”
It involves “a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques”, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). While “it is very difficult to evaluate acupuncture practice by any generally accepted measure,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “in its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has been accumulated, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can effectively be treated with its approach.”
Acupuncture has been practiced in China and some other Asian countries for thousands of years, and many in the West also turn to acupuncture for relief from chronic pain. “Research exploring a number of possible mechanisms for acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects is ongoing,” says the NIH.
While acupuncture is mostly associated with pain management, practitioners claim it can also offer help against many other symptoms, possibly providing relief for a wide range of ailments including carpal tunnel syndrome, addictions, weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, nausea and vomiting.
Conveniently located in Cay Hill, Wonder Hands offers a range of traditional forms of Chinese medicine, and focuses on “using external treatment methods, such as acupuncture and moxibustion to treat orthopaedics, internal medicine, gynaecological pain, paediatrics common diseases, stroke rehabilitation, and medicine ingestion, along with treatment of pain, especially in the areas of the neck, waist, stomach, knees and leg.”
Interested in knowing more? Call Wonder Hands at +1 (721) 527-6921 to book an appointment.