What is Acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a complete healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back several thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium or natural harmony. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent.

Curious about how acupuncture works? Watch this short animated introduction to traditional acupuncture by the British Acupuncture Council:

Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique, so two people with the same western diagnosis may receive different acupuncture treatments.

 Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the free flow of body’s vital energy, or qi, is disrupted. There can be many reasons for this: emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, acupuncturists seek to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

There are many different styles of acupuncture which share a common root but are distinct and different in their emphasis. You may hear of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Five Elements, Stems and Branches, Japanese Meridian Therapy, Jingei and many others. I practise a very gentle integrated style combining TCM, Five Elements & Dr Tan’s Balance Method.

“Acupuncture sounds great but I really don’t like needles!” 
Modern acupuncture needles are very delicate (0.18 – 0.22 mm) and immaculately crafted, so you barely feel them on insertion and they do not even harm the balloons. Please watch this short video by the British Acupuncture Council: youtu.be/vIdkRvkBWbc

Frequently, a “mirroring” or “imaging” treatment approaches can be used, so the needles are not inserted anywhere near the distressed area. For example, if you have a pain in your right wrist you may have the needles placed in your left foot, with much less discomfort and better results.

If you would like to learn more, please ask!