What is Acupuncture?

"A single needle can free the body from ten thousand maladies" is a popular saying in China and it refers to the immediate relief which Acupuncture can bring.

Acupuncture, its philosophy and its practice is a large and complex subject which is grounded in the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been evolving for over 2500 years. It is rooted in the Daoist philosophy of change and growth, balance and harmony. As a complementary and alternative therapy, the treatment has a holistic approach and is  tailored to the individual, and does not use a 'one size fits all' approach.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as part of the universe, a self-rectifying dynamic unit (whole) where the energies interact and interrelate and their even distribution and flow maintains the health which is defined as a "balanced state". Any interruption, depletion, or stagnation of this flow in the organs system and their meridians caused by internal factors like emotions, external factors like the environment and weather, and other factors like injuries, trauma, diet, and germs, leads to disease. Acupuncture is a natural therapy which stimulates the bodies physiological processes of self-healing, helping the systems of the body to correct and harmonise themselves.


Five Element and TCM Acupuncture

In Five Element/"Phases" Acupuncture the individual is seen as being a unique balance of the movement of the energy of these Elements (fire, earth, metal, water and wood), one of which puts its seal upon us and makes us who we are. The diagnosis is based on understanding each person's core of individuality, potential, and how this has been influenced by the physical and emotional factors. The treatment focuses on strengthening any inner weakness and helping our life to flow smoothly.

The TCM model associates symptoms with patterns and treatment focuses on balancing the functions of the body and its interaction with the outside world. It is widely practiced in modern China, Europe, America and elsewhere. It can be used in assessing constitution, and in helping with problems or symptoms which need to be addressed more quickly.

Combining these two approaches the acupuncturist creates integrated, holistic and personalised treatment plan. These focuses on helping individuals resolve their conditions and enhancing their general feeling of wellbeing.