What is Acupuncture?

relaxation is one of the befits of 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 defines what is acupuncture. A system of medicine that dates back thousands of years yet it is growing in popularity around the world.

Acupuncture uses the concept of channels or meridians in the body. The life force or qi flows through these channels. Its flow should be smooth and unimpeded. 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 and acupuncture can help to remove the blockage.

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 the flow of qi. Unblocking the channel, allowing the smooth flow of qi 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 of acupuncture 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.

Of course everyone is different. But, on the whole, most people say they often feel a deep sense of well being and relaxation after an acupuncture treatment.

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.