Acupuncture is a complex medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It originated in China more than 3000 years ago and due to its proven effectiveness, has been embraced throughout the world. It involves the insertion of extremely fine pre-sterilised needles at predetermined points on the body’s surface to restore health on a physical, psychological and emotional level. When treating any imbalance or disharmony in our health it employs methods of diagnosis and treatment programmes that take into consideration that we are not just a collection of bodily parts but a indivisible whole of mind, body and spirit.

Acupuncture can be used alone or combined with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

In TCM the human body is seen as an energy system. The Chinese call this vital system Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) The Qi flows along specific pathways (Meridians) in the body.

In health the Qi moves around the body with ease in order to nourish and stimulate all aspects of the person. If for some reason the Qi does not flow in the right direction, or there is not enough of it or it is blocked, the person will become ill.

The severity of the illness and the location of the illness will depend on where and how the flow of Qi has been affected. Acupuncture can directly balance the flow of Qi in order to restore health.

The effectiveness of acupuncture and TCM is well documented. The World Health Organisation recognises Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions.