Acupuncture works by stimulating the points which lie on lines or channels, through the insertion of thin, fine needles at various points on the body. Through centuries of observation, the body’s reaction to each stimulus point and the combination of such points has been noted for their effectiveness in treating different diseases.
In recent years these actions have been systematically refined and verified by modern scientific research methods. Acupuncture is the time tested therapy that has been practised in the China for thousands of years.
The philosophy behind the treatment is that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain our energy flow or “qi”. It is when this qi is impaired through the body that imbalance and illness occurs. With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. In this way the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
The flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected.
Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of the acupuncture treatment and it this that helps allow the body to rebalance itself. Blocked energy can manifest itself in areas that are painful or are particularly cold or hot, or a different colour. These signs can help determine which points are most suitable.
Western medicine has different opinions on how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However trial after trial consistently proves it effectiveness. Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or acupressure. Currently, there are different forms of acupuncturists in the West; The members of ATCM only practice Chinese acupuncture which is defined as above.
In our clinic, our practitioners have recently gained a newly developed acupuncture technique: Fu’s Subcutaneous Needle (FSN) which is more effective for acute and chronic pain conditions.
Generally speaking, acupuncture is better for pain related complaints although acupuncture can be used to treat over 80 conditions recommended by the World Health Organizations. For more detailed condition which is suitable for herbal medicine, please refer to the Conditions section.