Acupuncture is …
one of the oldest systems of medicine in history, and today is a safe and effective practice which can be used alongside conventional medicine, or as an alternative. Some people come to acupuncture for help with a specific problem or condition, others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of well-being.
Acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation. It focusses on all the factors which contribute to pain and illness, not just the presenting symptoms. This therefore means that each patient’s treatment plan will be different.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the Chinese Taoist philosophy that everything is interconnected. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning well. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system; encompassing the physical, emotional and mental. In traditional Chinese medicine qi (pronounced “chi”), is considered a vital force or energy responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathways, which are called meridians. An imbalance in the flow of qi cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points, which lie on these meridians, with the intention of restoring the pathways so that the energy can once again flow freely A person receiving acupuncture will often report both an improvement in symptoms and an increased sense of well-being. For more information watch this short clip.
Acupuncture has a sound evidence base. The British Acupuncture Council have numerous fact sheets on acupuncture’s effectiveness on a variety of conditions (for example headaches, arthritis, gynaelogical conditions, back pain) and there is a body of independent clinical research supporting its efficacy too.
Five Element Acupuncture
Within Five Element acupuncture, your individual constitution will resonate most strongly with one of nature’s five archetypal forces: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. One of these will describe your essential self. Five Element acupuncture can adjust the balance of your body, mind, and spirit, and help to address your core issues.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
This approach uses acupuncture, to harmonise your organ functions and musculoskeletal system, to treat specific symptoms and conditions.