Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the world's most ancient therapies. Used for over 3000 years, it forms a distinctive and comprehensive medical system with its own theoretical principles and diagnostic procedures. TCM aims to restore natural balance and harmony within the whole body to promote individual healing mechanisms and treats the whole person rather than just symptoms.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy utilised in TCM. Sterile, single-use needles are inserted into carefully selected acupuncture points. These acupuncture points are based along 'meridians' or energy pathways along which 'Qi' or bodily energy, flows. These meridians connect all parts of the body, including the main organs. Acupuncture can also be used to balance 'Yin' and 'Yang' and improve Blood circulation. Illness in TCM terms is seen as arising from imbalances within the body. Acupuncture is recognised by The World Health Organisation (WHO) for the treatment of numerous disease categories and is recommended by NICE guidelines in the UK for the treatment of lower back pain and headaches. Increasingly, Western medicine is studying the effects commonly seen during and after acupuncture treatments. Levels of specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood cells, anti-bodies and endorphins have been shown to be affected by the insertion of acupuncture needles. Endorphins can be considered to be the body's own painkilling substances. Other research is focussing on the role of acupuncture on the Central nervous System, cardiovascular system and dermatomes of the body.
Acupuncture can help with various conditions from stress and anxiety, skin problems and pain relief. Why not give it a try?
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