Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been
used in China and the Far East for thousands of years. According
to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the
smooth flow of our body's energy. This energy, referred to as
Qi, can easily become disturbed or imbalanced and there are many
aspects to people's lives which cause these imbalances. Acupuncture
aims to address the imbalances using the insertion of very fine
needles along the channels of the body encouraging the body to
return to a state of balance and health.
Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use
subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined
over thousands of years. Acupuncture is always focused on the
individual rather than just their main complaint and all symptoms
are seen in relation to each other. Because every patient is unique,
two people with the same western diagnosis will each receive different
Acupuncture - Common conditions
Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for
a wide range of illnesses and symptoms and is suitable for everyone.
Some people will come for clearly defined complaints such as back
pain whilst others come for their general wellbeing. A growing
body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional
acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
Many people will present with a particular condition
that they would like help with but to an acupuncturist it's about
the whole person rather than just treating the specific condition.
A traditional acupuncturist's main focus is always on correcting
the underlying cause of illness rather than just treating the
symptoms of the main complaint.
Many people like to know if acupuncture can help for a specific
condition; further information and research on how acupuncture
can help specific conditions can be found on the British Acupuncture