Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based upon the principles of Yin and Yang, opposite forces that work together to maintain balance and harmony in the body. Disease and illness can occur when the natural balance is disrupted. Environmental influences, physical or emotional trauma, frustration, grief, worry and depression all can disrupt that natural balance.
Acupuncture is an external therapy that uses very fine needles to stimulate the flow of energy, or Qi, in the body. It aims to activate the natural regulatory functions of the body and rectify disturbances and disfunction in certain organs and channels.
Acupuncture does not rely on the use of needles alone, but may also involve other techniques such as:
- Cupping - a technique that uses small glass or plastic jars in which a vacuum is created
- Tuina Massage - Chinese massage techniques to improve the flow of energy in the body
- Moxibustion - a method of applying gentle heat to needles during treatment through burning moxa-wool (the herb Artemisa Vulgaris, a species of Chrysanthemum).
- Electro Therapy - where electricity is used in conjunction with needles to create gentle electrical stimulation
- Ear Acupuncture - where seeds or pellets may be affixed to specific points on the ear
- Dietary Advice - ooking at the balance of your diet and the use of specific foods according to Chinese Medicine to improve your condition
Acupuncture does not only treat disease, but can also prevent disease, and is recognised by the World Health Organisation as being beneficial in over 100 different conditions.