About acupuncture

Acupuncture helps the recipient feel calmer and generally more relaxed as it brings the mind, body and spirit into balance.

Acupuncture is part of the traditional medicine of China which includes herbs, dietary therapy, massage and exercise. It is one of the most ancient system of healing in the world and has been continuously refined during its 3000 year history.

Chinese Medicine has its own understanding of physiology (how we function), pathology (how we become ill and diseased) and aetiology (what can make us unwell).

Based on a person’s symptoms, general characteristics and lifestyle, a diagnosis is reached and an individual treatment plan is developed.

The plan may well include a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle advice. A set of dietary guidelines to suit the individual is developed to assist in both the healing process and the maintenance of well-being.

Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health is governed by the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi. It keeps the blood circulating, warms the body, fights disease, controls organ function and keeps our spirit, mind and emotions balanced and in harmony. Qi flows throughout the body in channels beneath the skin, known as meridians. Acupuncture points are located at very precise anatomical locations along these meridians and at these points the Qi can be contacted.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine many things are considered to upset the body’s balance thus disturbing the flow of Qi. This will in turn cause ill-health or disharmony. These factors may include stress, anxiety, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, hereditary reasons, infections and trauma. Treatment is therefore focused on harmonising the flow of Qi to create balance and health.

Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the secretion of chemicals in the body such as endorphins, neurotransmitters, hormones and lymphokines. The patient, therefore, is able to tap into their own internal pharmacy to promote healing.

Acupuncture is practised by inserting very fine sterile stainless steel needles into acupuncture points just beneath the body surface to both re-balance and remove obstructions of Qi. All needles used in this practice are sterile and disposable to ensure the patient’s health and safety.