The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to illness treating the physical emotional and mental.
What is Qi?
When healthy, an abundant supply of Qi or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of Qi in the meridians becomes blocked or if there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows.
This Qi imbalance can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors and becomes evident to Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners (TCM) through observable signs of bodily dysfunction. TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.
How does it work?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into acupuncture points along the body’s meridians to, clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi.
The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.