What is Acupuncture?
The principles of acupuncture have developed over thousands of years. The fundamental theory is that illness and pain occur when the body's "qi" or vital energy cannot flow freely.
This can affect physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body, with the aim of restoring equilibrium. Because the needles are so fine, most people find that acupuncture is not painful - they might experience some sensations such as tingling or electricity, or some people report feeling a deep ache. This indicates the arrival of "De Qi" - a positive sensation.
Acupuncture aims to treat the whole person, rather than a specific symptom or Western disease. As such it can be effective for a range of conditions.
Acupuncture can be used effectively in conjunction with conventional medications.
A good place to start if you want to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture, is to visit the British Acupuncture Council's website at