What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This stimulates energy flow and promotes healing.

According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, the human body has a network of channels called meridians. These transport energy or Qi throughout the body.

Acupuncture aims to balance the flow of Qi in the body by inserting needles at specific points along the meridians.

Is acupuncture painful?

I use extremely fine high quality needles and treatment should not be painful. Patients often describe the needling sensation as a dull ache, warmth or a tingling sensation. In general patients report feeling very relaxed during and after treatment.

The best way to learn more is to experience it for yourself.

How does acupuncture work?

Traditionally acupuncturists explain its effects in relation to the flow of qi in the body and the balancing of Yin and Yang. This is a framework of health which you might map to the Western concept of homeostasis. The way that we ingest, store and transform qi and the balance and harmony of its flow within the human body is the basis on which acupuncturists practise Chinese medicine.

“We are dynamic beings in a dynamic universe, and qi is our way of talking about this”.

From a Western perspective it has been shown to stimulate nerves, fascia and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain.

What is acupuncture used for?

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions. Consequently many health professionals happily recommend it to their patients.

The World Health Organisation recognises acupuncture as a treatment for more than 40 conditions, including allergies, chronic pain and fatigue. A growing number of studies also indicate that it may be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture also promotes general health and wellness and is patients often use it preventatively as a way to stay well.

It takes a holistic approach that treats the whole person—meaning you’ll feel better as an individual and not just as someone with a specific condition. No matter what symptoms you have, acupuncture can help.

Is acupuncture safe?

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) must observe a Code of Practice. This lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. The Department of Health have approved these procedures which provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

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