Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of ultra-fine needles into the body for therapeutic purposes. For several thousand years it has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses by improving the overall well being of the patient, as well as addressing specific symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy good health is dependent on life force (Qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels (meridians) in the body. The flow of qi can be disturbed by many factors including emotional stress, environment, nutrition, genetics, infections and injury. By inserting fine needles into the channels an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help to improve vitality.
Some recent medical research suggests that acupuncture may help to regulate response in the nervous system, therefore helping to reduce muscular tension, improve blood circulation, relieve pain and provide health benefits for a wide range of different conditions.
Modern DevelopmentsElectro acupuncture involves the transmission of a low level electrical current through the needles which creates a regulating effect on the body. It is particularly useful in pain management as the electrical activity can help to reduce pain impulses in the sensory nervous system.
Laser acupuncture treatment involves the use of laser rather than needles to stimulate acupuncture points in accordance with the principles of Chinese medicine. It is completely painless and stimulates the points via the application of specific frequencies of light.