Traditionally, acupuncture is a holistic approach to the management of disease as well as the maintenance of health. The skill of an Acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 5000 years. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body’s motivation energy known as Qi (pronounced Chee). This moves in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (Channels) beneath the skin. The Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities (Yin & Yang) and when these become unbalanced or interrupted, illness may result.
An Acupuncturist will insert a series of very fine needles into accurate points in order to influence the physiological functioning of the body or unblobk the flow of Qi. It is a painless and relaxing treatment with no side effects, which has been widely accepted by Western medicine. Its aim is to treat the overall well being of the patient rather than an isolated set of specific symptoms.
This is used to stimulate acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. Cupping involves the placing of rounded glass cups (usually on the back) in which a vacuum is created by the insertion of a flame. The flame is then quickly removed before the vacuum is lost and the resulting suction draws up the skin just a few milimetres into the vessel. The cups are then left on the body whilst the area beneath is treated and the Qi is moved. this can bring instant relief from symptoms.
Common ailments treated with acupuncture or cupping are – Arthritis, Back pain, Frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow and Sciatica. Having regular treatments can also detoxify your body and boost your immune system.