About Acupuncture


Acupuncture has been used in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,000 years. It is rooted in the Daoist philosophy of change, growth, balance and harmony. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, health is dependent on a person’s life force or energy (known as Qi) flowing smoothly and in a balanced way through meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

How it works

As mentioned above, health is seen as a state of harmony and balance within the body, mind and emotions, however there are many factors which can disrupt the flow of Qi: physical, mental and emotional: anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor Nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The list continues. Acupuncture works directly with the body's Qi or energy to unblock these obstructions which cause ill health.

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Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, traditional Acupuncture is actually used to treat a wide range of problems. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient which includes treating the underlying cause of the problem, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist puts together a personalised treatment plan. By inserting ultra fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help to restore its natural balance.

Eastern vs Western Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy in the UK. With an increasing number of people seeking Acupuncture treatment, it is important for patients and healthcare professionals to understand the difference between the two styles most commonly on offer.

Western or medical Acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists which uses Acupuncture on the basis of a western medical diagnosis. This is called 'Dry Needling', a technique which is used predominantly to release muscle spasm. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, as practiced by BAcC members, uses a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis. It goes beyond the treatment of muscle spasm and into more complex conditions such as depression.

For further information on Acupuncture, please see the BAcC site.