What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. About 2000 years ago in China they discovered the first points who could influence ones health by applying pressure or a needle onto some specific body locations. In the following years a holistic system of points (acupuncture points) and connecting lines (meridians) was developed through which energy flows. In case of health all lines are clear and the system is in balance. But when stagnated this leads to disbalance which leads to (health) problems By applying acupuncture the blokkages are cleared and energy can flow freely again.
Feeling healthy or not depends on the balance of yin and yang, the extremes in nature and in ourselves; for example the balance of your body temperature. Acupuncture always aims for yin-yang balance. A treatment of acupuncture stimulates your selfhealing properties and homeostasis. Very thin needles, massage techniques, like cupping of warmth (moxa) is being used to retrieve health and wellbeing.
Ellen IJspeert is specialized in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Japanese Acupuncture (Toyohari style).
The difference between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture is the way of performing acupuncture. Chinese acupuncture consist of a combination of acupuncture points on which a very small needle is retained for some time. This can be combined with cupping (a massage technique) or moxa (a warmth technique). Toyohari acupuncture is a very subtle, painfree way of approaching the acupuncture points and meridians. Depending on the situation or on personal preference one of these methods will be used.
The treatment can be complemented with ear acupuncture. Little magnets or needles are put on reflexpoints on the auricle to prolong the effect of the treatment.
Acupuncture can be a substitute or supplement to regular medicine and is acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO).