What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used in East Asian countries for over 2000 years to address and try and prevent illnesses. Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive medical system with its own principles, diagnostic methods and therapies, including acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. It views the body as an organic whole with a network of meridians connecting and coordinating the internal organs, Qi (often translated as vital energy), blood, body fluids, muscles, bones, tendons and the skin.

Chinese Medicine looks at pain and illness as a sign that this network is out of balance. Acupuncture treatment aims to restore this balance by promoting the body’s ability to heal itself and so resolving or managing symptoms and encouraging and maintaining good health.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles on specific points on the body. It is drug-free and may be a clinically effective treatment method for a variety of health issues including non-specific lower back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee and tension-type headaches. Acupuncture may be useful in addressing a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Back pain, neck and shoulder pain, joint pain, sciatica, muscle aches
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Menstrual problems, fertility issues
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Stress related symptoms
  • Constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, indigestion
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Post-operative pain

Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages and can be used safely alongside conventional medicine with the correct guidance from your acupuncturist. Elisabeth will provide recommendations for alternative therapy options if acupuncture is not considered appropriate for your condition.