Acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient understanding and techniques.
Acupuncture has a very positive model of good health and function; it looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.
The overall aim of Acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects a person are seen as interdependent.
Acupuncturists are trained to use diagnostic techniques that are based on traditional beliefs and have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different Acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific Acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional Acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment and is used to help a wide range of conditions, from relieving dental pain to nausea and vomiting, as a temporary adjunctive treatment for oestoarthritis pain of the knee and for migraine headaches.
Follow this link to find out about some of the conditions Acupuncture can help with.
Arthritis research UK considered 25 complementary therapies and Acupuncture was found to be most effective for osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia.