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 needles 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 individual.

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 it is widely accepted in the medical field.