What is Acupuncture?
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Traditional acupuncture is part of the medical system that began in ancient China. It has undergone continual development to this day.
Rather than treating problems in isolation, acupuncture aims to address the whole person. In health, the body’s organs, the mind and the emotions are in balance and a vital energy, “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows freely along channels, or meridians, beneath the skin.
In Chinese medical thinking, illness results from an imbalance in a person’s body or mental/emotional state and is associated with the flow of Qi being restricted. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors including stress, anxiety, excessive exercise or excessive rest, a diet which does not meet an individual's needs, trauma, hereditary factors and even the effects of the weather.
The insertion of fine needles into specific points along energy channels under the skin promotes the flow of Qi and the body’s natural healing response.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture regards each person as an individual with a unique pattern of symptoms, and I believe this is what makes the treatment so effective: each treatment is unique to that person. Predicting the number of treatments required depends on the individual and their condition, and this will be assessed during the initial consultation. Most patients start coming for treatment weekly, and see improvement within 4-6 treatments. I do not encourage long courses of treatment unless I am confident of their likely benefit.