Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very ﬁne disposable ﬁliform needles into speciﬁc points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood through the meridians and tissues of the body thus clearing blockages and re balancing the organ and energy system of the body. People who have no experience of Acupuncture will imagine that this is very painful (like an hypodermic needle) but this is rarely the case. Because the needles are incredibly ﬁne and extremely sharp there is little sensation as they pass through the skin and sometimes people are unaware that the practitioner has started. We are, however, trying to get a sensation from the body as the needle makes contact with the Qi in the meridian. This may be felt as an ache, a slight electric shock or other such feelings and is considered a positive result.
What makes Chinese Acupuncture different from the “medical” Acupuncture which is sometimes offered by the NHS is an in depth understanding of the meridian system of the body and the causes of disease.
Medical acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the trigger points around the area of pain and can be used to resolve some local trauma in tissues but this is often removing the symptom without treating the cause. TCM Acupuncture uses a knowledge of the fourteen major meridians and more than 350 speciﬁc points to remove the symptom while restoring harmony to the Body, Mind and Spirit. The therapeutic value of TCM acupuncture is thus much more far reaching and profound.
For musculoskeletal problems a mild electrical current is sometimes passed through the needles for stronger stimulation.
Acupuncture is also an effective technique used in Chinese cosmetology for toning up the muscles of the face and thus giving a natural face lift.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include;
Sciatica and back pain
Anxiety and depression
Stress and irritability
And many others