Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing which has been practised in the East for thousands of years. (The earliest surviving texts date from the 3rd Century BC)
It is founded on the principle that our health is dependent on the state of our Qi (vital energy). When our Qi is strong and balanced, our body functions smoothly, we are less prone to mental and emotional disturbance and our Spirit is calm and settled. If the Qi becomes weak, imbalanced or blocked, sickness, pain and malaise arise.
By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, or by applying warmth to these points, the Qi is strengthened and rebalanced and its natural flow is restored.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating a wide variety of conditions and disorders, both acute and chronic. It can be used alongside conventional medicine and other complementary therapies. A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
Because is it a holistic therapy, diagnosis and treatment are focused on the person and their constitution as well as their symptoms. Hence the benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that acupuncture can also lead to increased energy and vitality, greater self-confidence, a healthier appetite and better sleep as well as a sense of enhanced overall well being.
For this reason, acupuncture can often help when there is no specific complaint but the person is aware that they are not quite ‘right’ in themselves.