What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which works on the basis that energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"), runs through the body along channels called meridians - illness occurs when that flow is disrupted. The acupuncturist stimulates precise points on the meridians to restore balance and a healthy flow of energy.
How does it work?
Scientists are starting to identify some of the physiological mechanisms at work, and there's evidence that the insertion of needles into designated acupuncture points speeds the conduction of electromagnetic signals within the body. These signals may increase the flow of endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals, as well as immune system cells, which aid healing.
What do I use it for in my practice?
To treat both physical and emotional symptoms. I integrate TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element acupuncture (treating the Spirit).
The British Acupuncture Council have research facts sheets which provide accurate and unbiased information for a variety of conditions, and provide summaries of how acupuncture may be beneficial for various conditions.