What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of healing that 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 and health concerns. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing in a person rather than just treating isolated symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating life energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become imbalanced, illness may result.
By inserting fine needles into these channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore a natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional stresses; poor nutrition; hereditary factors; infections; medications and trauma.
The principle aim of acupuncture is to regain equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects in an individual so that they may live a happy, healthy life.
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These include: anxiety, depression, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulation problems, high blood pressure, migraines, sciatica, infertility, menstrual problems, skin conditions and digestive complaints.
Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being 'ill' in a traditional sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. As with any therapy, the response from one person to another can vary. Some people respond well in 1 to 2 sessions and others may need a longer course of sessions over several months.