Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a form of treatment where very thin needles are inserted into specific points of the body, to various depths. This is done to facilitate the body's self-healing system and can assist with the management of symptoms in conjunction with conventional medical methods. During treatment, an acupuncturist will insert needles into a person's body with the aim of balancing their energy.
How it work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is explained that the body is a network of interacting energies. Health is the result of a harmonious balance within the life force known as "qi" (pronounced "chi"). Qi consists of "yin" and "yang" energies and illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of these forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridian, or energy pathways, in the human body. A smooth and balanced flow of these energies maintains health and any disruption or imbalance of these energies can lead to disease. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through acupuncture points on the body. The principle of acupuncture is to insert needles into these points to restore balance to the energy flow, aiding the body's own natural processes and helping it to recover.
What are the benefits?
When provided by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture can be beneficial in that:
Performed correctly, it is very safe
There are very few side effects
It may help patients reduce pain medication usage
It can be effectively combined with other treatments, including conventional Western techniques
What conditions benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment option for those who are suffering from: