Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body's energy known as ' Qi '. When we are in perfect health all the energy flows harmoniously throughout our bodies. When an illness arises this energy becomes disturbed and can manifest in a diverse array of symptoms. Acupuncture uses very fine needles to correct the flow of energy and when this is achieved health systems are resolved.

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

How does it work?

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.

The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. In today's world we expect and are expected to perform at 100% all the time. This pressure can cause physical and mental problems, both of which can be soothed using acupuncture.

Does it work?

China has been studying the effects of acupuncture for centuries. Modern research techniques are adding to this body of data all the time. One example is the recent decision by NICE who reviewed the available literature and now recommend acupuncture for the treatment of back pain.
For more details see the British Acupuncture Council's research page:
BAcC Research (Takes you away from this website).

Who has acupuncture?

Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, from babies to elderly. It has relevance to all conditions.

What does it feel like ?

When the needle touches the energy in the body, it often feels like a warm surge, or sensation. It should not feel sharp, like an injection. There are also techniques such as light emitting sources, or small electric devices for those who do not want needles.

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Practitioners

Colin Rogers Lic Ac MBAcC Cert Ac (Nanjing)
Jamie Gisby BSc(Hons) MBAcC MInstAET
David Smyth Lic Ac MBAcC Cert Ac (Nanjing) KHT(Seoul) MALTT MBCMA
Luke Haines Tui Na, Acupuncture, Reflexology,

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David Smyth Colin Rogers Jamie Gisby
David Smyth Colin Rogers Jamie Gisby