Laguna Acupuncture Clinic

Beatriz Laguna
Dip.Ac. Lic.Ac. C.Ac. Nanjing

AFPA Membership no. 8506
Approved by VHI, Laya Healthcare, Hibernian Health, HSF, ESB and Garda Schemes




Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium.

Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other: the physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury, are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. Please see Conditions Treated.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • provides drug-free pain relief
  • effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides as holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.



Moxibustion refers to heat stimulation and the use of the herb Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) which is burned over an acupuncture point or channel for purposes of warming. The purpose of moxabustion is to tonify the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and treat cold and depleted constitutions. It can be deeply relaxing and is successfully treating imbalances and maintaining good health.



Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which glass or bamboo cups are applied to the skin after the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. This therapy helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, resolves stagnation, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils may be applied to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which facilitates the movement of the cups up and down particular acupuncture points or channels. This technique is called gliding/sliding cupping.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 15 minutes.

Please be advised that cupping leaves behind a red-purple discoloration over the area treated which resolves itself over the next 3-5 days.

History of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine - a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.

The first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. All styles of acupuncture currently practised around the world trace their roots back to this text.

Without the help of modern scientific equipment, ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effect of emotional stress on the immune system. Traditional acupuncturists are no less scientific or sophisticated than western clinicians in their understanding of how the body functions, although to this day they use terminology that reflects Chinese medicine's cultural and historical origins.

In China during the early part of the twentieth century traditional medicine fell out of fashion as symptomatic healthcare treatments were imported from the West along with other cultural influences. Calls by western trained doctors to ban traditional Chinese medicine were rejected by the National Medical Assembly in Shanghai on 17 March 1929. This day is still celebrated every year as Chinese Doctors' Day.

Traditional Chinese medicine remained in the shadow of western medicine until the Long March of 1934-5. Without drugs, anaesthetics or surgery vast numbers of sick and wounded soldiers faced death until doctors of traditional Chinese medicine achieved amazing results using acupuncture and other traditional methods of treatment.

From this point on, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine were practised side by side in China. Under the People's Republic of China, established in 1948, all branches of TCM were nurtured and encouraged to grow. By 1978, whole hospitals and research departments were devoted to the practice of TCM.

Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.


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