Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along channels within the body. Through careful selection of these points from a thorough diagnosis, the functions of the body can be re-balanced, and any dysfunction rectified. Chinese medicine theory is highly empirical, it is a very exact art and the skill lies in the correct diagnosis of the signs and symptoms. Only when the diagnosis is correct can the fine tuning of the body system be done. A skilled practitioner can make changes in the health of the patient, change their metabolism, their response to stress, relieve pain and improve the functioning of the body. Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The overall tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. It’s an approach which has survived and grown simply because it has proved time and time again that it is effective, safe and adaptable to the individual.
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as cupping, massage, guasha and herbs.
Acupuncture needles are very different to needles used by your doctor, they are much finer and the sensation upon insertion is very different. I have treated many people who were initially very anxious but who quickly found their treatment restful and relaxing.
Acupuncture is an incredibly safe practice when performed by a properly trained practitioner (see The York Acupuncture Safety Study).