Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture at AcuWell

Athlone Advertiser, 13 July 2012

AcuWell provides acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine treatments to restore health and wellbeing.

AcuWell owner and practitioner, Maria Maher, has a special interest in fertility and is a founder member of the Zita West affiliated acupuncturist network for reproductive health in Ireland.

Acupuncture is a branch of medicine which originated thousands of years ago in China. It views the body as one whole energy system and, as such, treats the root cause of a condition requiring relief, as well as the symptoms experienced.

It works at an emotional, spiritual and physical level. A health issue is viewed as a blockage to the flow of our ‘vital energy’, known as Qi, and acupuncture aims to get rid of that blockage and help the body to restore itself to full health. This may be achieved by inserting special sterile, single-use needles into specific acupressure points along pathways known as channels. Other traditional Chinese medicine treatments – including TuiNa massage, heat treatments (moxa, cupping), Chinese herbs, dietary and lifestyle advice – often assist.

The W.H.O. recognises the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating 40 common conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory disorders, gynaecological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, to being a supportive treatment for quitting smoking and relieving the side effects of chemotherapy.

Acupuncture is sometimes used with conventional medicine – asthma and Assisted Reproductive Therapy being examples. Conditions treated at AcuWell include most of the abovementioned
WHO categories. In addition, the following are frequently treated: Fertility (male and female, Pregnancy, Stress and insomnia, Sinusitis and migraine, Back and neck pain, Support to relieve side effects of cancer treatment.

Maria Maher is a member of the AFPA professional register. Treatments are recognised by health insurers.

AcuWell clinics are located in Athlone, Co Westmeath (on Mondays) and Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

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