Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that is documented to exist at least 2,500 years ago. However, it has been suggested that it could be as old as 10,000 years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our energies circulate through a complex system of channels/meridians which form an intricate web of energy pathways throughout the entire body, reaching every level and connecting all areas. By inserting needles into these channels, the acupuncturist can affect the flow of energy and therefore the functioning of the body.
This vital energy which flows through the body is called ‘qi’. When there is trauma, emotional issues, stress or illness this will have an impact on qi. By inserting needles into these channels/meridians we can influence the flow to enable the body to heal and balance itself. The concept of qi is used as the foundation in martial arts.
A western view point would be that acupuncture affects the nervous system sending a message to the brain to aid pain killing biochemicals such as endorphins. However most of the western research has been carried out on pain and they have found it difficult to explain how it can work for other conditions.
It is suitable for all ages, including babies, children and the elderly. It is a holistic treatment which can be used alongside conventional western medicine.
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