Acupuncture has been practised in China and the far east for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested and researched over this time into a treatment used by increasing numbers of patients in the West.
A growing amount of evidence-based research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains or for common health problems. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their body functions are out of balance but have no obvious western medical diagnosis or treatment. Many also have regular treatments simply because they find it beneficial and relaxing.
The focus for a traditional acupuncturist is on the patient as an individual and not just their specific illness, and all symptoms are seen as part of a pattern. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points which are said to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy, although there is ongoing research and study that suggests what many practitioners already know: that inserting needles into the channels (or meridians) affects change within the human body.