Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine which originated in China around 206-220 BC. The practice of the therapy for years was passed down through the generations through apprenticeships and families of acupuncturist in a predominately oral tradition.
Acupuncture medical theory is based on the belief that energy (qi) and its movement within the body has a direct relationship to a person health. A person whose energy is strong, free flowing and not being depleted through overwork or anxiety will be in good health.
Each patient's energy (qi) is unique to them. The way this energy sits, flows and feels will be dependent on their inherited constitution, lifestyle, health history and emotions. People come to ill health in many ways but in acupuncture tradition we believe that a patient will not return to good health if they are depleted or their energy flow is blocked.
Acupuncture therefore is used to help nourish energy and encourage free flow. There are over 300 acupuncture points on the body and each point has its own designated uses and benefits. The job of an acupuncturist is to diagnose the unique make up of each patients energy and through this knowledge decide on treatment and points.
Treatment itself is through the use of very fine solid needles used to stimulate the bodies energy (qi) in specifically chosen acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles will either be used quickly to stimulate a point or left in for 15-20 minutes to nourish and relax the point.
Treatment usually takes between 30-45 minutes and a patient can expect to feel relaxed and calm after treatment (please allow a full hour for your first treatment).
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