Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Its focus is primarily on improving the overall well-being and functioning of the patient, rather than purely isolated symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. By inserting ultrafine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can smooth and unblock the Qi within the affected channels and so encourage the bodies own natural healing mechanisms and restoring its natural balance once more.
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, grief, anger, poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, poisons, and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the patient.
Ailments that may be helped include arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, knee, shoulder and back pain, sciatica, unexplained infertility and IVF support along with a wide range of gynaecological issues.