Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine dating back around 2000 years. It views ill health, whether it be physical, emotional or mental as a sign that the body is out of balance.
Fine needles are used to penetrate the body at particular points to affect the body’s energy and return it to a state of equilibrium. Good health requires our energy, known as Qi, to flow freely around our bodies. Qi can become weak or blocked due to a range of factors such as diet, long working hours, emotional issues and physical trauma which results in pain and ill health. Stimulating these points unblocks and strengthens our Qi which nourishes and restores our bodies.
A key feature of traditional acupuncture is that it looks at the signs and symptoms of ill health in relation to each other, treating the whole person not just the illness. This holistic approach can bring about additional positive changes such as better sleep and appetite, increased energy and a feeling of wellbeing.
Other techniques such as cupping (using suction cups) and moxibustion (the burning of a herb called moxa) may be used. Lifestyle advice (diet and exercise) may also be given to support and enhance treatment.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy that can help with a wide range of health issues. Typically, patients seek help with:
- Respiratory conditions
- Digestive issues
- Gynaecological and menopausal issues
- Stress and anxiety
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing and the length of time you have had them. Most health complaints improve or resolve within 6 treatments, however a treatment plan will be discussed in your first consultation and your progress will be reviewed in each treatment session.