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Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is a coherent and independent system of thought and practice that has been developed over two millenia. Based on ancient texts, it is the result of a continuous process of critical thinking, as well as extensive clinical observation and testing. It represents a thorough formulation and reformulation of material by respected clinicians and theoreticians. It is also, however, rooted in the philosophy, logic, sensibility and habits of a civilisation entirely foreign to our own. It has therefore developed its own perception of health and illness.
(Kaptchuk, T., 1985, p.2)

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world, used to restore, promote and maintain good health. It involves the insertion of very fine needles to stimulate specific points on the body.

Chinese medical doctor checking a patients pulseAcupuncture is based on the principles of classical Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine isn’t better or worse than Western medicine, it is simply different in its approach: illness and pain are deemed to occur when the body’s Qi (vital energy) cannot flow freely. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques, developed and refined for thousands of years. The physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and seemingly unrelated symptoms may in fact be linked. Stimulating acupuncture points will influence the flow of Qi (vital energy) to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Acupuncturist applying acupuncture needle It is worth considering Acupuncture for most physical and emotional conditions, anything that doesn’t require surgery. However the question whether Acupuncture can treat a specific condition doesn’t only have one answer. Acupuncture treats the person rather than the illness. Two people with the same condition by Western diagnosis might receive completely different Acupuncture treatments.

There are many different styles of Acupuncture, all with a common root, but slightly different emphasis. Your Akana practitioner may refer to different approaches, such as Five Elements, Yin and Yang, TCM or Stems and Branches.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that Acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.

The video below, produced by the British Acupuncture Council, gives you a general overview into Acupuncture. If you would like to know more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Contact us to discuss how Acupuncture might work for you.

For more information visit our Chobham Acupuncture website and read our acu blog!