What is Acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which date back to nearly two thousand years ago.

It uses a positive model of good health and the functioning of the body, and is based upon the fact that pain and illness are signs that the body is out of balance.

The aim of acupuncture treatment is therefore to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this healthcare system so unique is that it is suited to a modern way of life in that physical, emotional and mental senses are seen as interdependent, and reflect what people believe is the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the basic principle of treatment is that illnesses and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely within the body.

There can be numerous reasons for this, such as emotional and physical stress. Also poor nutrition, infection and injury are attributed as common complaints.

By inserting very-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points within the body, a traditional acupuncturist looks to regenerate the free flow of this vital energy to restore balance and assist the body’s natural healing response.

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