Acupuncture is an ancient art form of healing that has been in continuous use throughout history. Ancient texts containing traditional acupuncture treatments and theory date back over 2,500years. The modern application of acupuncture in restoring health is still safe, effective and as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
Acupuncture is part of an integrated system of primary health care known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which also includes the use of medicinal herbs, tui na massage, food therapy, and Qi Gong. The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2,500 years making it one of the oldest, long-standing health care systems worldwide.
After a consultation to determine your TCM constitutional diagnosis your qualified acupuncturist will insert very fine needles into specific points on the body that are located along meridians or channels. Because TCM takes an holistic approach to healthcare it focuses on prevention of illness by balancing the flow of energy within the body, not just the treatment of symptoms.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
When we experience health, there is an abundant supply of energy, life force or Qi (pronounced "Chee") flowing through the meridian system of our body. When we become ill our energy becomes depleted or stuck causing discomfort and disease. Inserting acupuncture needles into acupuncture points located on the meridian system, helps to rebalance the correct flow of our energy easing symptoms and restoring health. Meridians are an invisible yet detectable network of channels that run from the surface of our body to our internal organs - a communication line if you like between our external world and internal organs. All of our meridians have specific locations and directions, much like road networks on a map with each "road" or meridian running in a specific direction, to a specific organ "address".