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How does acupuncture work and what are its origins?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Its aim is to help each patient function at their optimum level of health: physically, mentally and emotionally.

According to Chinese medicine, every physical ailment is caused by an energy imbalance within the body. This energy – known as ‘Qi’ – flows through a series of meridians (channels) all over the body and can be accessed via hundreds of specific acu-points. By needling these points, obstructions in the flow of Qi can be unblocked and balance restored. The scientific explanation is that needling acu-points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, to reduce our experience of pain and influence the body’s own internal regulating system. Either way, acupuncture is now recognised in the West as one of the most effective methods of treating back pain and headaches – as well as a whole variety of emotional and psychological complaints.

Although acupuncture traces its roots back more than 2,000 years, it is just as relevant now as it ever has been. For those of us living busy modern lives in the West, acupuncture provides the perfect respite for conditions associated with stress and its negative effects on the body and mind. Insomnia, IBS, anxiety, depression, substance addictions and headaches– all symptoms of the stressful world we live in – can all be effectively treated by acupuncture.

There is a common misconception that acupuncture is a strange ‘alternative’ or ‘hippy-ish’ practice, when actually it is a practical, simple and functional system of medicine. My approach is to address a patient’s condition quickly, efficiently and painlessly. If we are on the right track, then I expect positive changes to occur quickly. I’m not interested in treating people again and again, with no improvement

The other concern people often have is that needling is painful. After my own early experiences of some ‘uncomfortable’ acupuncture treatments in China, I have worked hard over the years to develop a needle technique with little or no sensation, but maximum therapeutic effect.

My philosophy is that acupuncture should be for everyone – for specific pain or general relaxation, either alone or alongside traditional Western medicine.