The use of traditional acupuncture was first described in classical medical texts written at the end of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) which described how, by inserting fine needles at certain points on the body, the flow of our inherent energy, or ‘Qi’, could be regulated and balanced in order to prevent illness.

The acupuncture used today has developed from those early observations. It provides a unique understanding of the way our body works, what causes illness and consequently, what we can do to promote the body’s ability to heal itself and enhance our overall sense of wellbeing.  Although it may appear very different from western medicine, the principles and philosophies behind it are equally valid and it can be used alongside any conventional treatment you are having from your  GP or specialist.

One of the strengths of acupuncture lies in the way it treats you ‘the person’, not just the symptoms you present with.  Illness affects our mood, our relationships, our home life and working life and it can become a vicious circle. So by looking beyond the physical symptoms and understanding that the emotional and spiritual aspects of ill health are just as important, acupuncture can prove to be effective not just for specific conditions, but in reducing stress, speeding recovery to help you get back to work and improving your quality of life.