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Please note that this definition of Acupuncture has been taken from information provided by third parties and healers.co.uk does not endorse any statements that may be given, nor recommend any services offered. Additionally the definition or opinions provided below may differ from those which may be given by some practitioners. This information should therefore be considered as general guidance only, and you should always consult professional advice if you are in any way concerned about your health.

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture ?

Acupuncture is a gentle and surprisingly relaxing therapy which helps to rebalance the mind, body and emotions. Subtle imbalances can be diagnosed and then addressed through a treatment plan tailored to treat you, your constitution and your symptoms individually and holistically. Most peopleís first response to Acupuncture is to feel very relaxed and often energised.

Through the Chinese Medicine unique diagnosis - tongue and pulse patterns together with visual, verbal and touch diagnosis provide a deeper picture of our internal landscape. How is your daily energy, how hungry/thirsty are you? how is your sleep? Subtle imbalances can be addressed before they become clinical conditions. Acupuncture can be a preventative and a complementary treatment to western medicine that can help to either reduce or avoid side effects of medicines.

Acupuncture is a cumulative treatment consequently results will gradually build up over a time to cure or improve any condition. The benefits are cumulative so the more acupuncture you receive the more responsive your system will become to treatment.

How does acupuncture work ?

Acupuncture helps to relieve tension, stress and pain which are seen as obstructions in the flow of energy through the channels - an invisible network of pathways through which our life force flows creating a deep sense of relaxation activating the bodyís own self-healing.

Acupuncture treatment aims to bring the body back into homeostasis - a state where the body and organs are functioning optimally. It achieves this by promoting the even flow of energy - Qi - round the body which is usually experienced as a deeply relaxed state as the tensionís which we hold is released.

Smooth the flow

Simply put this is how Acupuncture works - by helping the energy in our bodies flow more evenly, smoothing the ripples, clearing the obstructions, the impurities and the waste to create a clear, deep, strong flow without obstruction - stimulating the blood and lymph flow, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and bringing back homeostasis. Promoting this flow works simultaneously on our emotions, our bodies, mind and spirit as all are seen as different related aspects of the same whole. This helps us cope with the internal and external environment, work and home stress, emotional and psychological tensions and anxiety, environmental pollution, allergies, bacteria and viruses which are part of our daily experience. There are over 350 acupuncture points in the body where the flow of qi can be affected. It requires a thorough training and dedication as the practitioner must focus on diagnosing your subtle energetic imbalances through visual, verbal, touch diagnosis incorporating traditional methods such as pulse and tongue diagnosis with questioning of patientís health history.



RESPONSIBLE/REGULATING BODIES AND RELATED ASSOCIATIONS

British Acupuncture Council : www.acupuncture.org.uk
Acupuncture Society : www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk
British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) : www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk



Thanks to Rachel Baynes (www.acupuncturelondon.co) for contributing to this definition


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