What is Traditional Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural therapy that originated around 2,000 years ago in China. It has developed as a major part of traditional oriental medicine, and is now becoming increasingly accepted in the western world as an effective complementary therapy.
According to ancient theory, our health depends upon the balance of “life-force” energy (Qi) which flows through invisible channels (meridians) throughout our body. You could think of it as tiny electric currents that keep us alive and allow everything in the body to work properly. When Qi becomes deficient or out of balance, we eventually start to develop symptoms of illness. Acupuncturists are trained to recognise signs of physical and emotional unwellness that are associated with each meridian. Using very fine needles to stimulate specific points along the meridians, they aim to restore balance to the whole system.
There are many different systems of acupuncture in use today. The main style that I practise is based on very subtle and gentle techniques of the Japanese Toyohari tradition.
Moxa is a dry fluffy substance made from the leaves of mugwort. It has been used for thousands of years alongside acupuncture and is beneficial for many health problems. Small pieces of moxa are smouldered close to the skin to give a pleasant sensation of heat – most of my clients love it!
“A Stitch in Time… “
Acupuncture is a very good form of preventative medicine, helping you to stay healthy or nipping things in the bud when you start to feel unwell. Once having reached a better state of health, many clients like to return every few months for a “top-up” treatment.
Very often, the longer you leave a health problem, the harder it is to treat. My clients have often said things like “If only I’d come months ago, I could have avoided all that pain”. It is sad to hear how some people have spent years trying out other treatments with no success, eventually coming to acupuncture as a last resort.
Don’t suffer discomfort needlessly!
If you want to explore this wonderful way of helping yourself to be more healthy, contact me by phone or email today.