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Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It is a holistic model of healthcare and views pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.  The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's chi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injuries are among the most common.

The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium by stimulating the healing processes of the body.  What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life, is that the physical, emotional and mental aspects of a person are seen as interdependent, and through treatment, patients often intuitively realise that different aspects of their lives are out of balance and are interacting negatively, resulting in their particular pain or health problem.

Based on theory that the ancient Chinese developed over centuries, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques to help form a picture of health.  The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same Western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Treatment is given by inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, which triggers the body's natural healing response and restores a state of 'balance' to the body.  These points on the body are not mystical energy zones, rather they are areas on the body that the ancient Chinese realised were important for one reason or another and were mapped and categorised into a system of pathways or channels called meridians.

Acupuncture is widely used in the West and it there is more and more evidence being conducted which aims to explain and document how acupuncture works.  What is certain is that acupuncture is a powerful and subtle way of positively influencing the health of the patient!

Zarig Cooper (a leading acupuncturist based in London)

Acupuncture

 
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