As a holistic treatment, traditional acupuncture aims to promote all aspects of health and well-being: physical, emotional and mental. Good health is a positive state rather than merely the absence of illness or pain. In the view of traditional Chinese philosophy, this positive state of health depends on the smooth flow and balance of the 'chi' - our body's motivating energy - as it moves though a series of channels under our skin. The flow of chi can become blocked or put out of balance by physical or emotional factors such as infection, trauma, poor nutrition, anger, grief or stress, resulting in illness.
Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted at points along the channels of energy appropriate to the condition being treated. Thus the body's own healing system is stimulated and the correct balance restored. The aim is to treat the cause of the condition as well as your symptoms, often resulting in (or leading to) a more permanent solution to your health problems.
Acupunture is also extremely beneficial in preventing ill health as well as maintaining good health once balance has been attained. The World Health Organisation lists 27 varying conditions for which Acupuncture has been shown to be effective, and trials are ongoing for many more.
Needles used for acupuncture are always sterile, single use only and disposable.