What is Traditional Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works to maintain our body's equilibrium, which can become blocked for a number of reasons; e.g. our lifestyle, trauma, diet, emotional upset, injury etc. Acupuncture is one of the main pillars of traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Chinese herbal medicine, massage, exercise and dietary therapy aiming to restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony. Acupuncture helps by optimising the bioelectrical functions of our cells and nervous system throughout the body. Ultimately Acupuncture brings a homeostasis state of balance to the system which has been approved and evolved over thousands of years. Traditionally, acupuncture is used to treat illness, and more importantly, enhance health and wellbeing. For nearly every named "western" illness, there is a Chinese Medicine interpretation of that illness, specific to each individual. With acupuncture, you are truly treated holistically as a whole person, not as someone having a single illness.
Is Acupuncture for me?
Acupuncture can be used to treat specific medical issues or as a way of merely ‘tuning’ your body and maintaining a well-balanced flow of energy for better health. In a simpler term think of tuning a musical instrument; acupuncture tunes our bodies vital function which is known as 'Qi' or to the modern mind 'life force'. Acupuncture is a great preventative system of medicine which helps with a stronger immune system and a more robust state of mind. Acupuncture is used to help with many illnesses it also makes the person feel better and more like themselves. whether you have any specific condition where you'd like to improve or simply want to live a better life, Acupuncture could help you to achieve your goals.
What is the Five Elements style?
The Foundation Five Elements Acupuncture were laid over 3000 years ago. The key principle of Five-Element Acupuncture is that humans are a part of nature and so, the laws that govern nature also apply to us. Just as different elements make up the natural world, we too are made up of these elements (Wood, fire, earth, metal and water) - hence the name “Five-Element Acupuncture”.When one element is out of balance it throws everything out of balance. It is the job of the practitioner to identify which element is out of balance and then treat that element. This allows the practitioner to get to the root of the problem, rather than merely managing the symptoms. Treating the out-of-balance element brings about harmony within us, which allows us to feel healthier, happier, and more ourselves. For more information visit BAcC here.
What the research says about Acupuncture?
There is a huge body of scientific research asserting the use and efficiency of acupuncture for wide variety of complaints; from pain management to psycho-emotional issues. NHS has a dedicated page outlining the basic use of acupuncture. It supports the effectiveness of regular acupuncture treatments. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for headaches and migranes. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) the highest self-regulaory body of acupuncture in the UK has outlined the detailed researches on wide range of complaints.
Back to the original question the science and research has constantly supported the use of acupuncture as we can see everyday more and more people experience its benefits. Having said that, at the begining most people are skeptical about acupuncture but after a few sessions they can't believe these tiny needles could make a huge difference in their health and life.