Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been used for thousands of years in China and other Eastern cultures and still features there today both as a standalone therapy and alongside conventional western medical therapy.
It is based on the discovery that the stimulatation of certain points on the body affects the functioning of the body. Acupuncturists use very fine needles to stimulatate these points. Sometimes a herb known as moxa is burned on or around the points which also has a stimulating effect.
The mechanism by which acupuncture works is still not fully understood though science has discovered that needling specific points on the body can produce responses in the nervous system and affect the body’s perception of pain. These effects are utilised by many conventional health specialists such as physiotherapists, dentists and osteopaths.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture, however, offers much more than this in that it is an integrated form of treated designed to affect the whole person; physically, emotionally and mentally.
This form of acupuncture is often referred to as ‘energy medicine’ as it affects us at the level of the subtle energies at work in the body. In this way the body can be encouraged to heal and restore itself to a healthier state.
Acupuncture used in this way can be used to treat a wide range of illnesses or indeed vague feelings of ill health and is not limited to the treatment of pain.