Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is dated back over 3000 years.
Its purpose is to treat your condition looking at you and your lifestyle as a whole to gain a unique picture of your body’s patterns and energies.
From here an individualized treatment is developed to restore balance and encourage your body’s own healing processes.
Herein lies the benefit of TCM – every person is different and no two people with similar conditions will necessarily be treated the same.
TCM views the body as a series of interconnecting channels or ‘meridians’ that carry our Qi (best likened to ‘energy’) and information to all areas of the body and mind.
Dis-ease may be a blockage or imbalance of this energy in a particular area.
Very fine needles at particular acupoints can restore the natural flow and initiate the body’s responses.
Rigorous scientific studies on acupuncture have shown that it stimulates nerve fibres, signaling activation of the spinal cord and central nervous system. This in turn sends out a variety of neurotransmitters.
In short acupuncture may:
Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organisation for a variety of conditions.
I also use techniques such as moxabustion, cupping, massage, herbal medicine and dietary advice if appropriate for your condition.