What is Acupuncture?The question ‘what is acupuncture’ is common. The popularity of acupuncture is certainly increasing and people want to know what it is and what it can do for them (see testimonials).

Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine, originating in China as part of the Chinese philosophy of Daoism, which itself dates back 8,000 years, in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points along lines of energy (meridians). The meridians relate to different organs and systems within the body, for example the Stomach. Most people already know about the needles, of course, and what mystifies them is how and why acupuncture works.

What is Acupuncture and how does it work? Acupuncture is used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions and has become very popular as an alternative or adjunct to conventional medicine. It is very well known and documented for the treatment of back pain (recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, otherwise known as NICE). Acupuncture is one of those therapies known as “energy medicine”.

Each of us is a field of energy vibrating at a level low enough to become matter (quantum physics, early 20th century) and when the needles are inserted into the skin with an acupuncture treatment, the whole field is affected by that stimulus, or release. This means that the person is treated as a “whole”, because the whole person is affected. We are body, mind and spirit, or emotion and these are not separate and not divisible. If we have physical pain it makes us miserable, dampens the spirit. Emotional pain can and usually does have physical effects, especially if it goes on for a long time.

By contrast, whether it achieves it or not, a drug has a specific intent and a specific target e.g. a cancer cell or a migraine headache or depression. This is really the difference between conventional and complementary medicine.

If you would like to read more about “what is acupuncture” please go to Acupuncture in Brief and then, if you still want more go to Acupuncture in Detail. I hope you enjoy reading it and look forward to seeing you as a patient.

To establish what is acupuncture and how it is relevant to your condition please give me a call me on 01903 205 379 and I will be pleased to explain in more detail.