What is acupuncture?

••• In the Far East, acupuncture has been an essential part of mainstream medicine for over 2,500 years. It is used as part of a complex and dynamic health care model whose focus is to restore, create and maintain good health, rather than to simply treat illness.

Ancient Chinese philosophy states that in good health there is a continuous smooth flow of energy (Qi) through a network of channels within the body (meridians). Illness, injury or emotional stresses are some of the things that can disturb the smooth flow of qi, leading to the development of symptoms and often a feeling of being ‘out of sorts’.

An acupuncturist works to balance the flow of qi throughout the network of channels, by inserting extremely fine needles into specific points, aiming to relieve symptoms and helping a person to feel better within themselves as far as nature will allow.

Our present day understanding of how acupuncture works continues to grow. With the aid of MRI scanning and modern day research, it has been shown that acupuncture triggers the body’s healing process by calming the central nervous system, regulating hormones and releasing endorphins. This alters how the body/mind responds to pain and stress.

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