As World Acupuncture Day is celebrated at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 15th, we take a look at the ways this ancient Chinese treatment can alleviate health problems in today’s world.  Woman having acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a holistic and natural system of medicine which originated in China over 2,000 years ago. During a session, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles at chosen points along the body’s channels of energy (known in acupuncture as meridians), in order to stimulate the body’s healing response.  To restore its natural balance in terms of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  Although the insertion of the needles may be felt, acupuncture does not hurt and most people find the experience relaxing.

What is the philosophy behind acupuncture?

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, our health is dependent on our body’s energy (qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through a network of channels beneath the skin. The flow of qi can be disrupted by factors including:

  • Emotional states like anxiety, anger and grief
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hereditary causes
  • Infections
  • Trauma

When the flow of qi is disturbed by any of these causes, illness can be the result. Unlike in Western medicine, which is often symptom-focused, acupuncture treatment is aimed at the root cause of the condition as well as the alleviation of symptoms. This holistic approach is designed to result in a more permanent resolution of your health problems.

What’s the proof that acupuncture works?

Those of us who have been brought up in the West and have relied on the scientifically proven system of Western medicine may question whether an ancient Eastern system of medicine has any relevance in the modern world. However there is an ever-increasing body of scientifically proven evidence that acupuncture can help with a huge range of physical and mental conditions. The Evidence Based Acupuncture website has a wealth of information on scientific research into acupuncture’s effects on pain management and conditions relating to the following systems of the body:

  • Brain and nervous system
  • Lungs and respiratory system
  • Heart and circulatory system
  • Metabolism and digestive system
  • Psycho-emotional state
  • Female and male reproductive systems
  • Inflammation and immunity
  • Kidneys and urinary system

The British Acupuncture Council’s newsroom and research pages are also a great resource to find out more about proven ways acupuncture can successfully treat the source and symptoms of a huge range of illnesses and medical conditions alongside conventional medicine.

What happens at the first session?

You need to allow 1.5 – 2 hours for your first acupuncture session, as before any treatment can take place, you and your acupuncturist need to complete a thorough assessment of your health and identify what you are hoping to achieve from treatment. This will involve a short physical examination which includes:

  • Taking your pulse
  • Looking at your tongue
  • Structural assessment

We’ll also discuss your medical history, sleep patterns, diet, digestion and how you feel. All this information can be used to help identify the root cause of the specific issue that has led you to acupuncture. Once this has been completed, you will be ready for your first treatment.

Acupuncture at Archway Health Hub

Alec and Stella Welton each have almost thirty years’ experience as acupuncturists treating people for a wide range of conditions. If you would like to find out more about acupuncture at Archway, click here or call reception on 01858 410 820 to book a free 20 minute initial consultation.