What is Acupuncture
Throughout the body there is a system of meridians or invisible channels which have a flow of energy or Qi (pronounced “’chee’) in them. These meridians, like rivers, have smaller tributaries as part of a network so that Qi can reach all parts of the body. An acupuncture point is where Qi is accessed rather like making contact with a vortex of energy. There is often a low-level electrical resistance at these points. There are some 365 body points in traditional acupuncture each having a specific set of uses. Additionally, there are many more new points too.
In a body which exists in a state of physical, mental and spiritual well being, Qi moves smoothly in an even balanced way. However, if this equilibrium becomes disturbed, there can be a derangement in the consistency and direction of the flow so that pain, illness or dysfunction may result. Qi may be affected by many factors including physical injury, trauma, nutrition, stress, grief or environmental conditions.
Very fine disposable acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points along the channels to alter the balance of the Qi. Therefore a change in the way the body uses its' energy is brought about relieving not only the symptoms with which the patient originally presents but perhaps also more minor problems that have not previously received any specific attention
Everyone may benefit from acupuncture – men and women of all ages (including children) may find it helpful for the following:
Joint, muscular, neurological pain relief
Female hormonal imbalances
Male (androgynous) conditions
Sleep disorders, emotional and stress-related conditions
The aim of the acupuncturist is therefore to treat each individual patient holistically to restore harmony and balance between the emotional, physical and mental aspects of the whole person.