Acupuncture has been practised in eastern countries for thousands of years. It has been used historically in China to assist in the treatment of a variety of illnesses, although we do not make any specific claims ourselves. Acupuncture has had a focus on improving overall well-being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.
Qi (pronounced 'chee') has equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced, illness may result
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors : anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.
By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help to restore its natural balance both physically, emotionally and spiritually
When the needles are inserted, many people do not feel anything very much, or may sometimes feel a small sharp sensation. This is often followed by a feeling of heaviness, numbness, heat or some other sensation. Most people feel a pleasant sensation during and following treatment. It is also very relaxing and patients often feel calmer and more balanced following treatment.
Western detractors of acupuncture tend to assume that acupuncture works via nerves or on a chemical basis, but again this is an assumption and not supported by research. There is a wide and growing body of Western research in acupuncture, although UK standards agencies are not acknowledging this fact. They are accepting evidence for only a very small number of very limited conditions and only in the short term. Is this a bias against natural healthcare? See here for a good starting point on the wide and growing acupuncture research field:
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