Acupuncture is the time tested therapy that has been practised in the Far East for thousands of years.
The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin. When this flow of qi is impaired, illness occurs. By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
The flow of qi can be disrupted in many ways: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet and overwork are all common examples. By examining the underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for each patient can be selected. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of acupuncture treatment and is vital in successfully assisting the body to rebalance itself.
Blockages in the flow of qi can manifest as pain, hot or cold sensations, or colour changes. These signs, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis can help determine which points and channels are most suitable for treatment.
Scientists have different opinions about how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However trial after trial consistently proves it effectiveness.
Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or acupressure.