Treating the whole person
Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and is one of the world’s most ancient forms of healing. Its long-term survival is a testament to its effectiveness. It uses the subtle energy Qi, which moves through channels beneath the skin known as meridians. The continuous flow of Qi is essential for health.
What happens when we are ill?
When we suffer from illness or disease, our bodies send out distress signals in the form of physical, mental or emotional symptoms. These indicate an imbalance of Qi, which must be corrected in order for health to be restored. Disease or illness can be caused by a number of factors, from traumatic life-events such as the break-up of a marriage or a bereavement, to external factors such as infections, pollution and climatic conditions.
Restoring the balance
Acupuncture works by treating not just the symptoms, but the whole person. By inserting fine needles into selected points on the body, acupuncturists manipulate the flow of Qi and trigger the body’s natural healing response. In this way, the balance of mind, body and spirit is restored, and health returns.
‘Treating the symptoms rather than the disease is like switching off the fire alarm rather than putting out the fire.’
J.R. Worsley (1923-2003), one of the first to introduce
traditional Chinese acupuncture to the West