The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called Qi which flows through the body; disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture describes a family of procedures aiming to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (usually called acupuncture points or acupoints), by a variety of techniques. The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture has been used for over 2500 years and has treated hundreds of millions of people around the world for a range of physical, emotional and mental health problems.
Modern evidence-based research shows that acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems and can also offer an effective treatment for pain. By interacting with our nervous system, acupuncture is able to alter brain function and stimulate the body’s own healing response.
People seek acupuncture treatment for many different reasons. Perhaps you have a specific health condition or maybe you want to enhance your sense of well-being, increase your energy or manage your stress levels.
Whatever your reason for choosing acupuncture, the principles of Chinese Medicine mean that the focus of treatment is always highly individualised and tailored to your own particular needs. Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms and this approach can help to resolve your problem whilst also enhancing your feeling of well-being. So you may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.
Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing. If you would like to know how acupuncture may be able to help you, please contact me.