Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years.
Traditional Acupuncture has its own complex theory, with an understanding that energy (“life force”) flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). The smooth flow of Qi can be disturbed by many factors, including emotional issues, hereditary dispositions or external influences such as environmental factors, poor nutrition, infection or trauma.
Whilst the concepts of Chinese Medicine can seem mysterious, acupuncture is increasingly understood from a western point of view – for example, research suggests that the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, these modulate pain receptors via the central nervous system to relieve pain. A Traditional Acupuncturist selects points based on a classical understanding of the functions of acupuncture points and is also informed by an understanding of western anatomy and physiology.
Traditional Acupuncture is a safe and effective system of healing. It can be used by people of all ages with a wide range of conditions. Very fine, sterile, single use, disposable needles are used. They are inserted into the skin at key locations and left in place for 20 to 25 minutes. People often experience a deep sense of relaxation during a treatment session.
The number of sessions required will vary depending your medical history and general health. The aim of treatment is to deal with the presenting condition, whilst addressing the underlying causes of problems from a Chinese Medicine point of view.