Traditional acupuncture forms a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance.
Acupuncture originated in China and other far Eastern cultures over 2,500 years ago where it still features in mainstream healthcare today, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. It is a gentle, safe and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.
Acupuncture works by placing ultra-fine sterile acupuncture needles at specific points in the body to disperse blocked energy, the Chinese call this energy Qi (pronounced “chee”). Put simply, the fewer blockages you have, the better the flow of energy therefore more balance is achieved and you feel better.
Acupuncture also incorporates treatments such as moxibustion (moxa), cupping and guasha:
- Moxa is a therapeutic herb (mugwort) and is used to warm the treated area indirectly. The heat from the moxa stimulates the acupuncture area.
- Cupping is a process that is generally used for muscular pain and involves placing suction cups on the area of pain, thus relieving the area in question.
- Guasha is also used for muscular pain and to treat the early stages of colds, it involves vigorous rubbing of the skin using a specialised round ended tool.
Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a valid, safe and effective treatment option for a range conditions. and its benefits is now recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
This short video from the British Acupuncture gives a good overview on how acupuncture works: