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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture works to maintain the body's equilibrium by focusing on all the body's aspects of wellbeing; physical, mental and emotional.

Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The word 'acupuncture' describes a variety of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by using a variety of techniques.

The acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.

Today, acupuncture is a natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. Its use  is supported by clinical trials and this has facilitated its acceptance in the modern world.

In recent years, many scientific studies have explored the physiological effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture was shown to release chemicals in the body (e.g. endogenous opioids and oxytocin), which seem to be essential in the induction of functional changes of different organ systems. Additionally, imaging tests have detected the effect of acupuncture on specific brain regions which process pain.

Traditionally, the ancient Chinese theorised that when healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) 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 there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows.
This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors and becomes evident to TCM practitioners through observable signs of bodily dysfunction.

Acupuncture aims at restoring the normal flow of qi through the individual.

The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion (special Chinese herb burned on the needle), cupping , electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

can help to control wide range of acute and chronic ailments

treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as seen by the Oriental practitioner as well as the symptoms

provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions

assists in the prevention of illness as well and promote well-being by encouraging a healthy life style

can help manage pain

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