The word acupuncture is derived from the Latin “acus” meaning a needle, and “punctura” meaning puncture. Acupuncture involves the insertion of a very fine needle into trigger points (acupuncture points), which lie along a network of channels known as meridians that run throughout the body. When the patient experiences pain or illness, it is believed that these meridians are blocked from the free flow of a vital life energy called Qi (chi), which circulates around the body through the meridians.
By manipulating acupuncture points with needles or pressure we can re-establish the smooth flow of Qi through the meridians and affect a positive change in the health of a patient.
Acupuncture has many applications in modern biomedicine and dentistry. At Southport Dental Care acupuncture is effectively used for:
• Anxiety management
• TMJ Disorders
• Anaesthesia / Pain control
• Control of gagging
• Headaches / Migraines
• Dry-mouth (xerostomia)