Information from the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association.
Acupuncture is a holistic, natural treatment for a range of disorders, it is one part of a system of primary health care, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). With its origins in ancient China it has a history of development dating back thousands of years. It is the world’s largest drug free therapy, offering natural treatments for many disorders.
Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, for a range of disorders, in many areas of the world. The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine state that when healthy, our Qi or life force runs through our body in a network of channels or meridians. Perfect health is a free flow of Qi (pronounced chee). An interruption of blockage can create imbalance, blockage or stagnation, which itself can result in illness.
The professional practitioner is trained
to assess an individual, looking at all aspects of the person, to identify
imbalances, and carry out a professional treatment in a holistic manner.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles
into specific acupuncture points along the body's meridians to clear
energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi . The practitioner
may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including
moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage,
in order to re-establish the flow of qi.