Acupuncture is thought to have originated around 3000 years ago. It's based on the belief that the human body is controlled by a vital life force called Qi (pron. 'chee'). Qi flows between the organs of the body along pathways called meridians or channels. It consists of equal and opposite energies - Yin and Yang. For optimal health these energies should be perfectly balanced, which is where acupuncture comes in.
Fine needles are inserted at certain points along the meridian pathways in order to redirect the flow of Qi and stimulate the body's own healing response to help restore the natural balance. The main aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole person and recover the equilibrium between physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Some of the issues that people seek help from acupuncture are:
Specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders and lower back pain, or for common health problems like asthmas, migraines and insomnia. Please do contact me if you would like to chat about a specific condition.