Acupuncture is a fascinating form of holistic medicine which aims to treat the entire person as well as presenting symptoms. Carefully developed and refined over 1000’s of years, acupuncture is one of the longest established health care systems in the world. Chinese physicians observed how the body reacts to cyclical changes and developed a meridian channel theory, this concept observes that in health a person’s Qi and Blood are in a constant state of flow and being regenerated. If for some reason this natural balance becomes compromised, symptoms of poor health can occur. The aim of an acupuncturist is to bring the body back into balance both physically and mentally. This is achieved by careful questioning and diagnosis by a trained practitioner.
Rooted in ancient philosophy, acupuncture is currently recognized by the modern Western scientific community and supported by a wealth of clinical evidence. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges the efficacy of acupuncture for a number of conditions and research shows that a wide range of health complaints may be improved or resolved by regular treatment.
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What can acupuncture treat?
The response to this is probably to ask how does acupuncture work? Whilst this remains a complex question, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous and hormonal systems that influence the body’s function. In more physical terms, the application of fine needles to parts of the body which relate to pain, can help to reduce inflammation, improve joint mobility and trigger endorphins which play an important role in pain regulation.
Acupuncture may be used to address a large number of symptoms from insomnia and depression through to menstrual irregularities, digestive problems and muscular skeletal issues. It may be used alongside or at times as an alternative to Western medical interventions.
For further information and to help decide if acupuncture is right for you, please refer to the links below where more in-depth and current scientific research details are available. Please not that these lists are not finite and new research is continually being conducted.
British Acupuncture Council Factsheet:
World Health Organisation (WHO) list of conditions: