what is acupunctureWhat is Acupuncture? And how is it different to other treatments? Simply put, acupuncture is the insertion of fine, solid needles into the skin. Yet there is a whole system of medicine that is acupuncture. A system of medicine that dates back thousands of years. Yet it is still in use today.

Acupuncture uses the concept of channels in the body. The life force or qi flows through these channels. Blockage of the channels or the smooth flow of qi means we can feel pain. This pain represents a blockage in the flow of qi.

An acupuncturist places the needles in specific points to ensure the smooth flow of qi around the body. When a needle is inserted in one of these points it will have a specific effect on the channel and qi. Unblocking the channel and relieving pain.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

As a holistic treatment acupuncture affects the body and the mind. Here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • activates the body’s natural healing ability
  • relieves pain and inflammation
  • restores balance to the body
  • relaxes the body and the mind
  • helps to relieve stress
  • improves the quality of sleep
  • restores energy levels

Since almost all disease involves inflammation, acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many conditions.

What does the World Health Organisation say

The WHO considers acupuncture a safe and effective treatment. They have produced a list of conditions that can be treated. View the list here.

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