What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of holistic healing which originated in China thousands of years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that disease occurs when the flow of qi (energy) is disrupted. Acupuncture treatment aims to remove any imbalances or blockages restoring the free flow of qi and harmonising the body, mind, and spirit.
This is achieved by the insertion of very fine needles into the body at particular points to stimulate the body’s healing processes. The points lie along meridians which are channels of energy which cover the body serving as pathways for qi to flow through. Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists the conditions for which they consider acupuncture to be suitable for treating. Commonly treated in the clinic are the following:
- Respiratory – Allergies (hayfever), sinusitis, asthma.
- Gastrointestinal – Indigestion, nausea, reflux, constipation, IBS.
- Musculoskeletal – Back and neck pain, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, injuries, chronic pain.
- Psychological – Stress, anxiety, depression.
- Neurological – Headaches, migraines, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia.
- Pregnancy – Morning sickness, tiredness, emotional balance, labour preparation.
- Well-being – Immune support, low energy, insomnia, emotional resiliance.
Katherine Barley is an experienced practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, nationally certified and registered with Acupuncture New Zealand and ACC.
She focuses on comprehensive, thorough and individually tailored care for her patients, treating a wide variety of conditions and symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a strong focus on illness prevention and is extremely valuable in helping the body and mind to stay healthy in the face of stress and modern lifestyle challenges. As well as treating health disharmonies, Katherine promotes preventative strategies, patient education, and sustainable changes for ongoing wellness.
Katherine holds a National Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture from the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine which she graduated from in 2004. She is also a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists, a licensed ACC Provider, and registered with the New Zealand Blood Donor Service as a clean-needle technique practitioner.
Call (09) 282 3588 to book an appointment.