What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine where very fine needles are inserted into carefully selected points on the body. It works by correcting imbalances in the body’s energy channels known as meridians to restore good health.
Acupuncture also acts as a form of preventative medicine, patients benefit from the correction of imbalances before symptoms appear.
Traditional Acupuncture promotes an improved quality of life alongside dealing with the patient’s presenting condition. Along with the needles other techniques may be used such as Moxibustion, a herb which provides warmth, Auricular acupuncture and Cupping. Each technique is chosen to assist the treatment.
Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago. It was brought to Britain by Professor JR Worsley in the 1960s and led to the setting up of the College of Traditional Acupuncture where I studied. The college was originally in Leamington Spa and moved to Hatton, Warwickshire in 2005.
Five Element Acupuncture is founded on the basis of seeking to treat the whole person as well as their symptoms. If the whole person is brought back into balance then they will have the strength to repair the area of their body which is suffering. Nature is founded upon five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these elements are matched to different areas of the body and are reflected in our makeup on a body, mind and spirit level. By finding out where the weaknesses lie, we can strengthen the person and help them reach their full potential.
The British Acupuncture Council
The British Acupuncture Council oversees the practice of qualified acupuncturists to ensure that matters of safety and hygiene, Codes of Practice and ethics follow strict guidelines. All needles are disposable and only used once.
You can find out more information about acupuncture from the British Acupuncture Council website.
How can acupuncture help you?
Traditional Acupuncture works with nature to help the body mind and spirit heal itself and reach its full potential.
In Chinese Medicine illness or symptoms on a physical, mental or spiritual level reflect an imbalance of a persons vital life energy or Qi (“Chi”). Restoring Qi restores health.
Through Traditional Acupuncture the underlying case of illness is dealt with alongside the symptoms, so that symptoms do not reappear in the future.
Restoring the balance of a person’s energy with acupuncture promotes an improved quality of life alongside dealing with the patients presenting condition.
I often hear my patients say that they are seeking acupuncture treatment for help them combat the pressures of every day life. Everyone has to deal with the usual life issues, whether its problems or pressure at work and balancing home life, through to working mothers having to juggle work life around their family, or exam stresses of students. Personal relationships can also impact upon our quality of life and happiness.
Dissatisfaction in our lives can lead to depletion of our vital reserves and result in a wide form of suffering which can affect the body mind and spirit.
Traditional acupuncture sees these problems as an imbalance of our body energy that can be corrected by acupuncture treatment. Soon after treatments have commenced I find my patients reporting that they feel more energetic, re-vitalised, and see a positive change in their lives feeling that life is improving. On a body level the physical symptoms start to ease and the mind becomes calmer. With this improvement clients often then find the confidence and energy to consider and address their lifestyle issues.