What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

The earliest archaeological evidence for the philosophy and practice of Chinese Medicine comes from excavations in China of a noble woman’s gravesite at Ma Huang Di. A personal library was discovered showing the influence of Taoist thought concerning the importance of exercise, breathing and lifestyle in maintaining the balance of Yin and Yang which it was believed determined the well being and health of individuals, societies and nature as a whole.

In simple terms, Chinese Medicine works from the understanding that the body needs a flow of energy to function effectively. Sometimes, through physical illness, injury, or stress, this energy becomes 'blocked', which can then create its own additional symptoms of feeling unwell or 'out of balance'. Acupuncture is one of the practices used within Chinese Medicine to clear 'blocks' in the body's flow of energy and restore balance to the system by inserting fine stainless steel needles to stimulate very precise points in the body.

In China, acupuncture is widely and commonly used as part of an holistic medical system. Its use is considered highly beneficial in a broad range of treatments to preserve and maintain a patient's health.

In the West, medical recommendations as to what conditions acupuncture can effectively treat vary among countries and medical organisations, dependant on the availability and acceptance of research findings. Please follow the link to view a list of conditions that can be effectively treated using acupuncture.

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