What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the key practices of traditional Chinese medicine, it has been practised in China for over 5000 years. It involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at key points on the body. The needles are about the thickness of a human hair, so they do not hurt. Stimulating these points promotes the body’s natural healing capabilities and enhances its function. Acupuncture is considered a way to balance the flow of energy in the body. Energy called QI(chee) flows in pathways like rivers around the body when this energy is flowing freely the body is healthy and balanced.. A disruption in the flow of energy can create illness. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles relieves obstruction in the flow of energy, which enables the body to heal.