Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine in which ultra-fine needles are placed at specific points on the body, to restore patient's well-being.
Fundamental to Chinese Medicine is understanding the root cause of a person's condition and treating people as individuals. This is rather refreshing as too often today symptoms are masked by drugs and treaments that may help to deal with the condition, but not deal with the root of the problem.
Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have been practised successfully for thousands of years. At the centre of the practise is the principal that energy, or Qi (pronounced 'chee'), flows through the body in channels called meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that when Qi cannot flow freely through the body it becomes blocked and this can cause illness.
Commonly known factors that may cause illness, or Qi to become blocked are: infections/viruses, poor diet, trauma and injury, hereditary factors and overwork. Less understood in today's society are the factors of emotional states or what is generally termed as stress. To a Chinese Medicine Practitioner emotional states affect us all very differently: anxiety, worry, grief, anger or fear are not considered as just 'stress' but as unique states that are often the cause of chronic ill health.
Acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.
People have acupuncture treatment for many reasons. Some to treat a specific condition or symptom, while others find it beneficial as a way to maintain good health more generally. Acupuncture provides a natural way to improve your health. It is safe, can be used alongside any conventional medicines and also when medication is not recommended.
The British Acupuncture Council publishes fact sheets about individual conditions giving details of studies providing evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Also The World Health Organisation lists over 90 conditions for which acupuncture has been proved effective, through clinical trials. For more information, click here.