Acupuncture has been practiced for many thousands of years in the Far East to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms. It can help with symptoms such as pain and stress, or to improve overall wellbeing by increasing energy and vitality. It takes a holistic approach, which means that we look at all aspects of your life, such as physical and emotional state along with lifestyle and medical history, in order to reach a diagnosis. As a result we are often able to find, and treat, the underlying patterns of disharmony as well as the specific symptoms.
Acupuncture is all about balance and equilibrium, when we experience pain and illness it can be a sign that our body is out of balance. This imbalance disrupts the free flow of our body's qi. It is the aim of acupuncture, therefore, to restore our body's natural equilibrium.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by inserting very fine sterile needles in to specific points. These are known as acupuncture points, which are located along the meridians, or channels, of our body. By stimulating these points we look to re-establish the flow of qi and to initiate our body's natural healing ability. Acupuncture is a safe and gentle treatment that is accessible for people of all ages. It can be used alone or alongside conventional medicine.
What Can It Help?
Acupuncture can be used to help with a variety of illnesses, both physical and emotional. Click here for a link to fact sheets, provided by the British Acupuncture Council, describing how acupuncture can help with different conditions.
Rachel treats many conditions but has particular interest in: