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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healthcare system developed in the East over the past two thousand years.

The underlying concept of Chinese medicine is that to be in good health, we must be in balance.

It is considered that each organ of the body has a specific set of energetic functions to perform, and we experience good health when these functions are performed efficiently and with vitality.  Pain, symptoms and illness arise as indicators that this balance has been disturbed.

There can be many underlying reasons for this disturbance, including:

  • emotional and physical stress
  • injury/trauma
  • lifestyle
  • environmental factors

The acupuncturist aims to diagnose how and why an imbalance has occurred, and to facilitate the body’s journey back to a state of equilibrium and health.

Once a diagnosis has been carried out, ultra-fine sterile needles are used to stimulate pressure points on the body.

The needles may be used to:

  • stimulate the function of an imbalanced organ
  • move blockages, tension or stagnation

In every case, you are treated as an individual, and a bespoke combination of points is chosen for your particular combination of symptoms and underlying problems.

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventative measure or because they just feel generally unwell or ‘not themselves’.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.

For further information, please visit the website of the British Acupuncture Council (www.acupuncture.org.uk).