Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been practised in China and the Far East for thousands of years. During this time, the practice of acupuncture has been developed and refined, and is now recognised worldwide as a safe and effective form of medicine.
The traditional Chinese system of acupuncture is based on the principle that the body is a self-healing organism that consists of a network of pathways, that regulate growth and healing, and circulate Qi.
What is Qi ?
Qi is the body’s vital energy that is circulated through the pathways around the body, just as blood circulates in arteries and veins. For optimum health and vitality, the body’s Qi must remain in a state of balance at all times.
If the flow of Qi is disrupted, due to physical trauma, poor nutrition or emotional stress, for example, illness may result. Just as the body naturally heals cuts and bruises, acupuncture stimulates the body’s own self-healing process to encourage health restoration. The gentle insertion of ultra-fine needles in specific acupuncture points on the surface of the skin allows the flow of Qi to rebalance, allowing symptoms to disappear and good health to be restored.
Who can benefit from acupuncture?
The system of Acupuncture involves treating a person’s physical, mental and emotional health, not just their individual symptoms. So the diagnosis of a person’s condition can be quite complex, as the aim of treatment is to address the root cause of the condition, so that symptoms do not recur. Therefore, anyone can potentially benefit from acupuncture, not only to alleviate symptoms but as a means of preventing ill-health in the first place. Unlike some other forms of medicine, such as drug therapy which may have unpleasant side-effects, acupuncture works in harmony with the body and is one of the safest forms of medical treatment available.