Acupuncture is a whole person healthcare system and a form of energy medicine. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to stimulate healing of the body, mind and spirit in a natural way to restore balance by getting to the root cause of ill health. This system is uniquely suited to modern life where people are increasingly seeking to connect the different aspects of their lives rather than just look at individual symptoms in isolation.
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine – a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years. It is based on the ancient Chinese philosophy that energy circulates through your body in a continual network of channels. If your energy is strong and runs smoothly through the channels, you will feel well, have a good sense of well-being and a strong constitution. If your energy is depleted or its circulation is hindered or blocked for some reason, ill health can occur.
An acupuncturist uses highly developed diagnostic skills to understand the state of your energy. Once the root of any imbalance is identified, along with what has caused it, fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body to restore balance and help you on the way to recovery.