Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China.
Here in the West acupuncture is usually publicised as only being helpful with specific conditions such as addictions, arthritis and pain relief. It is in fact effective with a wide variety of conditions through it's power to stimulate the mind & body's own healing responses.
Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages from babies to the elderly. Needles are normally left in for 20-30 minutes and during this time there may be a heavy sensation in the limbs and a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The needles are very fine, little thicker than a human hair and rarely cause pain. Treatment with acupuncture can produce rapid results, but more often it requires a number of treatments, usually at weekly intervals.
Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Acupuncture
A TCM acupuncturist uses a holistic approach to health based on over 2000 years of development in the Far East. Traditionally, acupuncture is used for the management of disease as well as the maintenance of health. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony or dysfunction. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and with traditional acupuncture will be treated as such with a personal treatment plan.
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide variety of illnesses, disease and conditions. It's focus is on improving the overall well being & health of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific problems or symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's vital energy - known as Qi (or Chi) - moving in a smooth flowing and balanced way through a series of meridians (energy channels or pathways) within the body.
Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities or forces - 'Yin & Yang' - and when these become unbalanced or the energy flow is restricted in some way, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing systems and help restore it's natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to rebalance the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Once in balance, then the person has the greatest chance of optimum health.
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