What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the principal components of a medical system commonly referred to as TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine, that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called Qi , that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as Meridians in the body. Each meridian is associated with a particular organ system, such as liver, heart, spleen, lung , kidney, gall-bladder, large intestine and so on. In a healthy human body, the Qi flows freely throughout the meridians and is distributed in a balanced way, health is maintained. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions of the body by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into meridian points in the skin. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles and carries a very low risk of serious adverse effects.
Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, Acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall balance and wellbeing of the patient, rather than subduing superficial symptoms. The flow of qi can be disturbed by many factors, physical, environment and mental ,the skill of an Acupuncturist lies in their ability to track the cause of the disease , detect the imbalance of the body, and make a correct TCM diagnosis. After diagnosis, the Acupuncturist will design a personalised treatment plan.