Originating from China, acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the patient’s skin.
The needles are inserted at very specific points, along meridians where vital Qi energy flows, at various depths.
How it works
Traditional Chinese medical practice is based on the harmonious balance of the life force, qi or chi. There are 350 acupuncture points in the body which intersect the meridians (pathways) through which qi flows. Acupuncture theory says that imbalances of the flow of qi contributes to illness and the insertion of needles in the appropriate points helps restore the balance of energy.
In Western societies and internationally, acupuncture points are seen as places where muscles, nerves and connective tissue can be stimulated. Such stimulation increases blood flow and triggers the body’s natural painkillers which are ten times stronger than morphine.
The World Health Organisation lists the following conditions as being helped by acupuncture.
Uses for acupuncture include (but are not limited to):
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
- Gynaecological / Genitourinary Disorders
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
- Circulatory Disorders
- Immune Disorders
- Respiratory Disorders