About Acupuncture

inserting an acupuncture needle

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an holistic approach to health based on over 2000 years of developments and refinements in the Far East. It is a system of healing which focuses on improving the overall well being of a person, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

What is the philosophy behind acupuncture?

Acupuncture emphasizes the importance of both physical and emotional health. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body's energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a network of interconnecting channels which lie just under the skin. When this energy becomes unbalanced, it can result in poor health. Chinese medicine believes that this smooth flow of energy can become altered through many different causes e.g. poor nutrition, stress or physical injury.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by regulating the flow of energy throughout the body. It does this by stimulating specific points on the channels of energy through the insertion of very fine needles. This can stimulate the body's healing response and help restore the body's balance of energy. As a result patients can experience a change in physical symptoms and an overall sense of well-being.

More information on how acupuncture works is available from the British Acupuncture Council: www.acupuncture.org.uk