What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture? – It is an ancient system of healing. Acupuncture books existed over 4,500 years ago. Today, worldwide, there are more than three million practitioners.

A common question is “what is acupuncture” and “how does it work”.  Acupuncture began with the discovery that stimulating specific areas of skin affected certain body organs. It evolved into a system of healing.

Sensitive stimulation techniques resulted in greater understanding between the skin and body organ relationships.   It is extremely effective in treating a variety of conditions.

What is Acupuncture – Your Questions?


To start defining what is acupuncture, we need to begin with a diagnosis of the individual’s energy imbalance.

Twelve energy pathways distribute the bodies energy.  Each pathway associates with an organ. Each organ has a variety of patterns of energy imbalance called syndromes. A combination of signs and symptoms identify the Syndromes which the practitioner records.

This information, together with the observation of the tongue and feeling the pulse forms the basis of the diagnosis. Personalised treatment can then takes place.

Moxa treatment

Treatment is the process of re-establishing the energy balance.  Treatment methods include insertion of fine, stainless steel needles into acupuncture points. These either stimulate or sedate the flow of energy of a specific pathway. Alternatively, the application of warmth using a herb called mugwort (Moxa) to the acupuncture point.  A combination of Cupping and Bodywork (acupressure/massage) provide an energy balance. This allows health to improve.

GP referrals can happen in some cases.

Generally, you will come weekly, to begin with, and then, as you improve, less frequently. The speed of improvement varies more according to the person rather than the label of the complaint. Dramatic improvement can occur with just a few treatments in some cases. A period of months may be appropriate for chronic disease.

Does It Hurt?

Some people would like to try acupuncture but assume it’s painful. The needles used are solid and finer than those used for injections.  As needles puncture the skin the slight prick felt is not painful.  As the needle reaches the acupuncture point a dull ache can occur. The sensation felt is generally acceptable and lasts only 1 or 2 seconds.

What About Needle Sterilisation?

The Society’s Code of Practice binds members to stringent hygiene standards. The Department of Health’s Public Laboratory Service also provides guidance.  They ensure complete safety against all forms of infectious diseases. Moreover, Pre-sterilised disposable needles will ensure their safety.

What Are The Professional Standards?

Training for me took place at the CCIM (College of Integrated Chinese Medicine) in Reading. I am also a member of the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council).  I follow the Council’s Code of Ethics and Practice. Moreover, Professional Indemnity/ Public Liability insurance is provided by the Council for all UK members.

What About My Doctor?

If you have been seeing your doctor, you may wish to advise them that you are having acupuncture. Acupuncturists prefer that you do. If you are on medication. The aim is to reduce or indeed eliminate your drug intake in liaison with your doctor.

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