What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Acupuncture is a system of of medicine where fine needles are inserted under the skin in order to treat a problem or disease. This is a relatively painless and gently form of medicine and is carried out by sterile procedure. Disposable needles are used. There are no side effects, no drugs are used and nothing is injected under the skin. The needles are very fine only 0.16mm the thickness of a strand of hair.




What is Acupuncture?
What is Qi?

Who has Acupuncture?
What does it feel like?

Diagnosis
Treating the whole person

Consultation
The First Visit

How often will I need treatment?

Should my doctor know?
Is it safe?

How can I find a qualified Acupuncturist?

Can it help me?

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