According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way. This energy is known as “Qi”. The flow of qi can be disrupted by various causes. These include emotional states such as worry and anger, as well as inappropriate diet, overwork, infection, trauma or hereditary factors. When the qi is disturbed, depleted or blocked, pain and illness may result.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of qi. Treatment is aimed at the underlying condition of the body as well as the main symptoms of pain or illness. This means that there is often an improved sense of wellbeing and relaxation and you may find other minor niggles clearing up when you have a course of acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture originated in China where it is accepted as part of mainstream healthcare and is used alongside western medicine. Since arriving in the UK in the 70s, acupuncture has grown steadily in popularity. More recently, research has begun to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture with specific conditions. You can view more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture at www.acupuncture.org.uk.