Acupuncture is a most recognised modality of TCM. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago and is now practised across the globe.
In TCM there is no mind-body split and the focus is on the individual, rather than an isolated complaint or symptom. The physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are seen as interlinked.
Acupuncturists use subtle diagnostic techniques, such as taking the pulse and observing the tongue, that have been developed and refined for thousands of years.
Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Qi has been described as life-force, vitality or energy. The traditional theory describes Qi flowing around the body along the meridians. In the traditional theory illness can be described in terms of deficiency of Qi, excess of Qi, or blockage of Qi within the meridian (jingluo) and organ (zangfu) system. Acupuncture seeks to move the Qi within this system to tonify deficiency, reduce excess and clear blockages, or in other words balance the body’s energetic system. Read more FAQ
“We frequently forget that ancient wisdom found in acupuncture is accumulated over three millennia, whereas modern science has a history of less than three centuries. But you would be mistaken to think that acupuncture is primitive.” Wong Kit
Benefits of Acupuncture
Today, researchers using western research methods and instruments have discovered many measurable benefits of acupuncture. Studies, both and humans and animals, have demonstrated significant effect of acupuncture on formation of blood cells, immunity and even a sperm count and quality.
In April 2021 the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recommended Acupuncture for management of chronic primary pain. Research has linked acupuncture to improvements with neck pain, back pain, fibromyalgia pain, migraines, carpal tunnel symptoms, stress urinary incontinence in women, and hot flashes in breast cancer patients.
Conditions seen in our clinic:
- Pain management
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Skin concerns
- Digestive and gastrointestinal disorders: IBS, bloating, heartburn
- Headaches and migraines
- Stress, anxiety and insomnia
- Seasonal Allergies: Rhinitis
- Immunity and preventative health
- Women’s Health: menstrual disorders, PMS, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth & menopause