Acupuncture is an ancient system of holistic medicine. Health is dependent on the body’s motivational energy called 'QI' or 'Chi'.
The QI moves through a system of channels called meridians. Inserting fine needles at certain points into these meridians can stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.
The primary aim of acupuncture is to restore a person’s equilibrium on all levels physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually improving the overall well-being of the patient, rather than just isolating the symptoms.
Acupuncture is also highly effective as a preventive measure to benefit and maintain health e.g. to strengthen the immune system. It can also be helpful for people trying to overcome addictions.
Most people assume that acupuncture will be painful. Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. The needles used for acupuncture are much, much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle reaches the desired point the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are either inserted for a few seconds or left in place for 20 minutes or longer depending on the effect required.
During treatment patients commonly experience a heaviness of the limbs or a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation. Patients frequently comment that apart from relief from a particular condition, they also enjoy increased energy levels, better digestion and sleep as well as an improved sense of well being.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) requires members to have a comprehensive understanding of Chinese Medical theory and western medical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture. Members carry the letters MBAcC after their name. The BAcC maintains common standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times.