One of the oldest medical systems in the world
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, originating in China over 2,000 years ago. The World Health Organisation lists over 200 conditions for which acupuncture has an effective therapeutic value. Acupuncture works well as a standalone treatment, or as an adjunct to other medical treatments.
How does it work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on the principle that the body’s functions are regulated by an energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Disruptions to this flow of Qi can cause disease and dysfunction in the body. By stimulating certain points in the body, acupuncture can help to treat illness and relieve pain. TCM treatment can include several modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, moxibustion (‘moxa) and gua sha.
A more modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the spinal cord, brain and muscles. These chemicals, or endorphins then help to change the experience of pain, which allows our body to function more normally.
Acupuncture can help to treat many conditions including back pain, knee pain, pregnancy or fertility related issues, digestive disorders, anxiety and stress-related conditions.