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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment where hair fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body.  It works on the whole body and is not just a system that concentrates on the presenting symptoms.  The underlying theory is that the needling taps into energy meridians flowing within the body, stimulating them to encourage the body’s own natural healing process and so restore balance.  It is used to treat on a physical, mental and emotional level.

There is evidence that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been practised for over 5000 years.  TCM as it is used today has come about as a result of the Chinese people’s understanding of nature and its effects on them and their world.  From early times, descriptions of disease and how it affected people was passed down from teacher to apprentice and then developed so that man could survive a life that nature made challenging.  Acupuncture and Moxibusion (the use of ‘Moxa’ from the Mugwort herb being burned on the ends of the needles), are variations within the many layers that come together to form TCM.

TCM encompasses climates, the relationship between heaven, earth and man, the zang fu organs and their hierarchy, energy flow, meridians, acupuncture points, methods of clinical treatment, mechanisms of disease, manipulation and even anaesthetic use, with health being influenced by the balance between all of these, plus the circulation of blood, Qi and adequate fluids. The practitioner intends to address and consider all of these aspects during the treatment.



© Lesley Reed 2018 email:lesley@reedacupuncture.co.uk