Acupuncture – How it works

In acupuncture, everything revolves around providing the body with sufficient energy to stimulate and strengthen its self-healing capacity; this energy is referred to as life force energy or Qi to be precise.
The starting point is the idea that disease arises because of a reduction in quality of energy, a reduction in the amount of energy and/or a restriction in distribution. Together with the meridians, blood circulation is an important indicator of health. Placing needles in specific places is therefore done to unblock within the body that through which it has gone out of balance. The improved energy flow ensures that the body functions better and its self-healing capacity is stimulated.

At ChinaMedic we apply various techniques, such as abdominal acupuncture, LaserNeedle, classical acupuncture and Tung’s acupuncture, to relief you of your symptoms and to improve your overall quality of life.

The entire treatment focuses on getting a better energy flow, removing blockages, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Pain relief is just a part of the treatment plan, everything is very much about improving quality of life.


Abdominal Acupuncture

Abdominal Acupuncture (AA) is a fairly recent development within the application of acupuncture. It has been developed in China over the last 40 years and is now being applied all over the world.
The method is only used on the entire abdominal area (hence the name) where both the abdomen and the area around the navel contain acupuncture points that are related to the entire body. During treatment we stimulate the specific acupuncture points on the lower abdomen that are in contact with the problem area. In many cases, this is sufficient and provides immediate relief for the patient.
Abdominal acupuncture works on three depths to improve the energy status of the whole body: (1) the superficial ‘turtle’ level for local influence, (2) the meridian level for energy supply and (3) discharge and the organ level to address any deeper laying causality.


LaserNeedle is also one of the newest developments in the field of acupuncture. Instead of needles, a soft non-invasive laser light is placed on the acupuncture point. It works directly on the local area improving circulation, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

The stimulation with the LaserNeedle is just as strong as regular needles and completely pain-free. For osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis and rheumatoid arthritis, the application stimulates regeneration of the cells. The increased cell metabolism results in the formation of more cartilage tissue than is broken down. This reduces the pain, stiffness and inflammation and increases quality of life and movement

Classical Acupuncture

The name classical acupuncture refers to the TCM system, which has been in use for centuries and is applied to the entire body. Tung’s acupuncture is a technique that is part of classical acupuncture, and is primarily aimed at enhancing the analgesic effect. This analgesic effect is achieved by stimulating the body in producing endorphins.

Ear Acupuncture

Ear acupuncture is a modern approach within acupuncture and developed by the French physician Paul Nogier.
This Western-trained doctor was very much interested in Chinese medicine and manual therapy. By chance, he discovered that treating points in the ear gave relief from sciatica, which led him to develop auricular-therapy, or ear acupuncture. The ear cup reflects the shape of a fetus, with the earlobe representing the head. Ear acupuncture is particularly suitable for stimulating the brain as an aid to quitting smoking, losing weight and pain relief.

Frequently asked questions

What exactly can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to remedy and improve a wide range of diseases and complaints. For an acupuncturist, the approach is simple: energy flows or it doesn't flow. The symptoms show where there may be a blockage in the body and this affects the rest of the body. In addition, the acupuncturist is about activating the self-healing capacity of the body. This makes acupuncture applicable to both sleep disorders and skin problems, allergies, addictions, depression, menopausal symptoms, burnout, rsi and so on. If you want to know how far acupuncture can help you, make an appointment for a 1st consultation and have yourself fully examined. The acupuncturist can then immediately tell you what we can do for you.

How many times do I have to come?

To give you a reliable and accurate estimate of the number of treatments you need, it is best to discuss this with your acupuncturist. If you have never been to an acupuncturist, you can make an appointment for a first consultation with possible treatment. The acupuncturist can then give you an estimate based on your complaints and the consultation.

Is acupuncture painful?

We use extra-thin needles for Abdominal Acupuncture. The punctures are hardly noticeable. People sometimes don't even feel where they are. Occasionally, someone may perceive a strange feeling, also described as nagging, numb, upset or painful. This feeling is often over.

The LaserNeedle that we often use in combination with puncturing needles is invasive and you don't feel it. The LaserNeedle is ideally suited for those who are afraid of needles and small children.

What does an acupuncture treatment cost?

A 1st consultation with subsequent treatment costs € 75.00. Each follow-up treatment costs € 60.00. ChinaMedic is affiliated with the NVA (Dutch Association of Acupuncture) and treatment is reimbursed by most insurers in the supplementary. It is advisable to contact your insurer what exactly this means for you. For a full price list of all our treatments CLICK HERE

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