Acupuncture is a safe and effective practice, which can be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. Some people may choose to have acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being ill in the Western sense.
Traditional acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing which enables a person to achieve a more balanced physical and emotional state. Its philosophy is that in good health there is a continuous smooth flow of energy (Qi or Chi) through channels within the body. Illnesses, injury or emotional stress can disturb the smooth flow of Qi, leading to range of symptoms and often the loss of a sense of well-being. The acupuncturist aims to balance the flow of Qi by inserting fine needles into specific points on the body.
A person receiving acupuncture will often report both an improvement in symptoms and an increased sense of well-being. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.