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About Acupuncture


This is an ancient system of healing first recorded in China, Japan and other Eastern countries, 4,500 years ago. It began with the discovery that stimulating specific areas of skin affected the functions of various organs and systems of the body. Treatment is through the use of very fine needles which are used on acupuncture points - very precise locations on pathways of energy called meridians. Acupuncture does not work through the direct stimulation of nerves, although the nervous system, along with all other systems of the body, can be powerfully affected by it when there is illness. The needles affect the flow of energy (called Chi) through the meridians and thereby stimulate the mental and physical healing energies. Currently there are more than 3 million therapists world-wide.

Understandably, some people are hesitant about acupuncture because of the use of needles. However, they are much finer than those used for injections, and while it is usual to feel a slight pricking, it is always very brief and often barely noticeable. All needles used are sterile and disposable; they are never used again after a treatment is completed. A Department of Health code of practice is strictly adhered to by reputable practitioners in order to ensure complete safety.

Some feel immediate relief from their problems, others require more extensive treatment. Generally speaking, the longer a problem has existed, the more treatment may be required. If you are taking medication or having treatment from your doctor, acupuncture will work alongside and in many cases enhance the healing process. The intention is always to find and treat the cause of 'dis-ease', which may be a low level of pain, a lack of well being, or perhaps something more serious.

Auricular Therapy
This method is similar to Acupuncture, but concentrates on the ear, which, claim therapists, contains acupuncture points that are linked to various parts of the body.
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