What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine over 2000 years old which encourages optimal health and vitality, improved strength, energy and a boost to the immune system.

Acupuncture works on the premise that good health is maintained by a body functioning as a whole system, which provides a natural balanced flow of energy. This flow of energy (often referred to as Qi) can be thought of as how well you fight off infections, gain nourishment from food and have enough physical energy to maintain a happy and well rounded lifestyle.

Ill health can be thought of as arising when the natural flow of energy becomes blocked or compromised due to the physical and mental strains we take on in today’s modern world, leading to any number of illnesses or simply a sense of "not feeling quite right". Acupuncture uses gentle manipulation at specific points to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, helping it return to a more balanced state.

Acupuncture views each person individually and holistically, focusing on you rather than just your illness, seeing all the symptoms in relation to each other and addressing the underlying root cause. Thus each person is unique and two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

A person receiving acupuncture will often report noticing an improvement in symptoms and an increased sense of well-being. Many people also notice positive changes that they do not initially see as "connected" with their original problem. For example, better sleep patterns, feeling more relaxed, increased vitality and confidence or they may comment that they seem to be able to deal with the stresses that life throws at them with more ease.


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