Traditional acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Although often described as a means of pain relief, acupuncture is in fact used to treat people for a wide range of illnesses. Its principal aim works on treating the whole person, to maintain the body's equilibrium by focussing on all aspects of well-being, physical, mental and emotional.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - know as Qi - moving in a smooth and a 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 ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing responses and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors which include, emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition to treat the cause, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problem.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more then just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.

Further information about the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) can be found on their website www.acupuncture.org.uk

I am a registered member of the BAcC and have been practising acupuncture in Cheltenham and Gloucester since 1995.