What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine originating in China.
The earliest records of its use date back five thousand years.
Doctors visiting China brought acupuncture to the west in the twentieth century. They were amazed to see operations performed on fully conscious patients using acupuncture as an anaesthetic. Since then, acupuncture’s popularity in the west has grown rapidly. Over two million treatments are currently given each year in Britain alone.
According to the ancient Chinese, vital energy (chi) travels through your body along pathways called meridians. When you are in good health the flow of chi is smooth and uninterrupted, but when illness strikes this flow is disturbed.
Acupuncturists seek to redress this imbalance by needling precise points along the meridian pathways to unblock and balance the patient’s own energy and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself.