What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body using extremely fine needles to correct disorders and imbalances. These points are found on channels, which can also be called meridians. Traditional Chinese medical theory discusses energy (referred to as "Qi") and its circulation through the channels, and it is believed that illness arises from disruptions in the natural flow of Qi. Stimulation of acupuncture points is used to restore balance and harmony to the system. Traditional acupuncture is so effective that in China it has been an integral part of healthcare for thousands of years. It focuses on the cause of the problem as well as the presenting symptoms, offering a ‘whole body’ approach to wellness – from the inside out. It is not limited to just treating physical pain, it can be used to offer a solution to many acute and chronic issues, both emotional and physical and it can help to bring both body and mind back to health.
People often say that they are interested in trying acupuncture, but they are concerned that it may hurt. In fact, the needles used are much finer than those used for injections, and the sensation is often described as a tingling feeling or a dull ache which can last for a few seconds. Many patients find the treatment so relaxing that they fall asleep on the treatment couch!