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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. 
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body.

 

Acupuncture points are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi flows through the body acting as a conductor between the surface of the skin and the internal organs.

 

The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. Their design allows them to slide smoothly and virtually painlessly through tissues. A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed.

 

One of the greatest strengths of Chinese medicine and acupuncture is its detailed diagnosis. It provides a comprehensive way to look at signs and symptoms of the body and allow for a diagnosis that may not be possible in Western medicine. Ultimately it is a safe and effective medicine that taps into the body’s natural ability to heal itself, correct any imbalances and return the individual to a state of equilibrium.

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