Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy in the UK, it is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years.
Although often described as a means of pain relief it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy known as 'Qi' moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.
Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities (Yin and Yang) and when these become unbalanced illness may occur.
By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, these can include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.
The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
People of all ages can benefit from having acupuncture including pregnant women and children.
Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest forms of healthcare you can choose.