The Chinese and other Eastern cultures have been using acupuncture for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. Without the help of modern scientific equipment, these early acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body. In the Far East it features in mainstream healthcare.
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine and is now accepted all over the world as a valid means of healthcare, both as a stand alone treatment and in conjunction with other forms of medicine.
Our body’s vital energy should move freely and smoothly in a regulated way through the channels (or meridians) beneath the skin. This motive energy is known as qi. Medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that follow the meridians recorded by the early acupuncturists and the concept of qi itself may overlap with developing knowledge of how cells in the body communicate. This essential qi can be disturbed, congested or diminished via various environmental, emotional or lifestyle factors, including hereditary traits, infections and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness can occur.