What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one the most ancient healing practices in the world, dating back at least 2000 years.  A major component of Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, it works by stimulating specific points on the body, usually by inserting very fine sterilised metallic needles into the skin.

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How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on or near the surface of the skin, called acupuncture points. These points have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatics and capillaries, all capable of triggering biochemical and physiological changes in the body. Acupuncture can release neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones.

The theory behind acupuncture treatment in Chinese Medicine is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “Qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin. When this flow of Qi is impaired, illness occurs. By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.​

How does acupuncture help my general health?