What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced

in China 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. The focus

is on improving the overall well being of the patient rather

than specific symptoms.


Chinese philosophy teaches our health is dependent on the body's energy,

known as Qi, moving in a flowing and balanced way through channels beneath

the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when

these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needs into the

channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing

response and help restore natural balance.            

The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the

equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the



Some people may have acupuncture as a preventative measure or because

they feel unwell in themselves. It can also be used alongside conventional

medicine. As with any therapy, individual responses to acupuncture can vary

but is widely accepted in the medical field.


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