Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.
What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.
Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
How does it work?
Traditional Acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a Traditional Acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
There has been much recent, robust scientific evidence which provides an explanation as to how Acupuncture actually works using western, scientific terminology.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin it impacts the body in 3 main ways:-
Nerves - Acupuncture stimulates peripheral nerves triggering a cascade that causes changes in the brain and internal organs
Bio-Molecules - Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce it’s own natural pain killers. It also stimulates the release of molecules associated with tissue healing and disease resolution
Fascia - The Acupuncture needle stretches and degranulates the fascia (connective tissue) easing constriction which may be causing painful trigger points, stagnation and pain.