Traditional acupuncture is based on the theory that our life force or ‘Qi’ moves around our bodies via pathways or meridians. Our Qi consists of two opposing forces: Yin and Yang. If these are not in balance, or Qi is blocked or depleted, we can experience mental and physical imbalance. Illness can be a symptom of this. Acupuncture works to restore equilibrium throughout the body by inserting hair-thin needles into various points on the body. It is highly individualized; people with the same symptoms may experience relief via different acupoints.
What conditions can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture is considered an effective treatment for:
- many types of pain (including post-operative, back and dental pain)
- rheumatoid arthritis
It is also evidenced to treat morning sickness, a breached baby and to induce labour. It is considered therapeutically effective for abdominal pain, addictions (including to opiates and alcohol), cancer pain, bronchial asthma, fibromyalgia, insomnia, male sexual dysfunction, obesity, cancer pain and acne. It has a demonstrated therapeutic effect on female infertility.
The conditions mentioned above are only some of those that have been considered effective by WHO. For a full list please see here: World Health Organisation.
What can I expect from my first session?
You will receive treatment on your first session. Acupuncturists sometimes use a process called Moxibustion as well as acupuncture. This involves burning a herb to release blocked and nourish Qi.