Acupuncture being a branch of Chinese medicine works to promote the smooth and balanced flow of our energy (Qi) through the channels beneath the skin, with using ultra-fine needles. When the Qi is out of balance, illness can result.
Depending on the condition, the acupuncturist will use needles to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore the natural healthy flow of Qi in the channels. Other techniques such as cupping or moxibustion may also be used.
The treatment is aimed at the whole person, and as well as asking about current signs and symptoms, factors such as the patient’s emotional state, sleep patterns, muscle tone, diet, medication, digestive system and breathing are all taken into consideration. Tongue and pulse form an important part of diagnosis as does palpation of the body.
Lifestyle and Chinese Medicine dietary advice also form an important part of the treatment, to enable patients to play an active part in improving their health and wellbeing.