Acupuncture encourages the balance and flow of Qi energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered neccessary for good health. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the body. When there is a deficiency or obstruction of QI flow or balance it may be susceptible to illness. Acupuncture is used for goth the symptoms and the root causes of the patient’s illness.
In western medicine, the yin/yang balance it achieves is known as homeostasis.
How does it work?
Acupuncture is an ancient, safe and effective alternative to medication and, in some cases, surgery. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones – through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing.
Therapeutic effects include:
Improved body function
Thin acupuncture needles that are rounded at the tip so that they slide smoothly through tissue and are unlikely to cause bleeding are used. Needles are left in place for a period of time during which the flow of Qi manipulated.