Acupuncture is an ancient system of complementary medicine that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. It developed as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with an outlook different to Western Medicine. It sees the body as an interaction of energies that maintain homeostasis and therefore health. You might have a pain in your shoulder or be finding it difficult to get pregnant, but the underlying cause could be linked to a deeper imbalance.
The aim of every treatment is to stimulate the body’s own response, to restore and maintain health, by inserting a small number of very fine needles into acupuncture points along meridian lines to re-establish the smooth flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).
Qi is also known as “vital”, or “metabolic”, energy and in Chinese Medicine underlies balance within the body. When Qi becomes blocked or depleted, the result is illness or pain. Each patient is treated individually and two patients with the same Western Medical diagnosis will not necessarily receive the same treatment.
Five Element Acupuncture is a part of TCM that looks at the body as though controlled by five different qualities which need to be in balance for health. Your practitioner will make their diagnosis, through taking a medical history, examining your tongue and feeling your pulse. will gently place their needles at positions that relieve blockages, stimulate weakness, or calm the tissue down, to restore balance.
They may also use Moxibustion (Heat from a herbal stick) in conjunction with needles or on its own. TCM practitioners also advice on lifestyle and diet, according to traditional principles.