What is Acupuncture?

The Point of Acupuncture

Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body's equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi.

The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma. When the qi is imbalanced, illness may result.

The acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore its natural balance.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problem.

What Benefits can be Expected?

Every individual is unique, so the response to treatment varies from person to person. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health and then improvement in the main complaint will follow. Other people may notice a marked improvement in their main complaint straight away.

Some people will feel revitalised mentally or physically, whilst with others the changes are more subtle and are noticed in retrospect. The length of time a condition has been present is important in assessing how quickly the patient is likely to improve.