what is acupuncture?
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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to heal naturally and improve its function by promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. It has an extraordinary ability to transform peoples’ lives by relieving suffering and disharmony. Many people have Acupuncture as a preventative treatment or because they feel generally unwell but are not ill in the Western sense. The principle aim of Acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy in the UK. Its holistic approach to health is based on knowledge gathered over 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most widely used systems of medicine in the world. It views the individual as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Good health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi (‘chee’) – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin, thereby regulating a person’s wellbeing. If Qi is blocked, pain, dysfunction and disease can occur. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of emotional states, the most common of which are anxiety, stress, anger, fear of grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections and trauma.