How Does It Work?

An Early Chinese Medicine Text

An Early Chinese Medicine Text

An Acupuncturist uses Chinese Medical theory to gain insight into a person’s current state of health and how they got there. They then treat the person to restore balance and hence health. Acupuncturists use various methods of treatment, most well known is the insertion of very fine Acupuncture needles but other forms of treatment can also be used such as Tui Na (Chinese therapeutic massage) Guasha, Cupping & Moxa.

Why Does this Approach Work?

The human body is a massively complex interaction of systems ( blood, fluids, lymph, muscles, organs, hormonal, nervous etc.) From this complex interaction stems all health and illness, our strengths and weaknesses and the full range of emotional and intellectual experience included in human consciousness.

Our bodies are constantly working to maintain a balance in response to things like climate, diet, stress and pathogens etc but don’t always manage it. Things can get stuck in an unhelpful state or the body’s systems can become depleted in response to these life pressures.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural ability to correct these imbalances; giving the body the impetus it needs to get out of unhelpful patterns and back to health. The goal in treating you is always to achieve a lasting and deep rooted change in your health and well-being, Acupuncture can achieve these wide ranging, and lasting benefits because its effectiveness is rooted in stimulating the body’s own ability to rebalance.

Uniquely amongst systems of medicine, Chinese medicine provides an integrated understanding of how imbalances occur in all aspects of our bodymind. As a consequence Acupuncture and related treatments are able to treat all aspects of a person from the physical through to the emotion and spiritm simultaneously.

The result for us as patients is improved health, more energy and greater vitality in life as well as deeper peace and emotional wellbeing.

Can Science Explain How Acupuncture Works

There is continuing research into Acupuncture and into how it might have its effect but nothing conclusive. Some research has shown that the micro-trauma created by the insertion and manipulation of the fine needles triggers reactions in areas of the brain other studies using MRI scanners has shown activity in the brain associated with the ‘deqi’ sensation that Acupuncturists seek when needling, research is ongoing.