The origins of acupuncture are lost in the mists of time, but it is certain that it has been practiced for thousands of years. It has been proposed that soldiers, upon being struck with arrows, would on occasion, miraculously be alleviated of their ailment. Some suggest that mosquitos prefer to bite the skin on acupuncture points where the “Qi” (energy) is most readily tapped.
What is clear is that Chinese Medicine has a rich and long history; it is safe and effective and when carried out correctly has a very low risk of adverse effects.
In Acupuncture, we work with what we call meridians, which can be described as energy pathways. At certain points on these pathways, the qi gathers, or is more easily accessible, and this is where we treat. The most useful analogy is to think of the meridians as rivers, and the body as a vast terrain. When there is not enough water in a river, it slows and becomes stagnant and rank and cannot support life. When there is an excess of water, the riverbanks burst, there is too much movement and the local area is damaged. We use needles to either stimulate, or reduce the flow of water, creating the optimum balance of fast and slow, full and empty, to support the natural homeostatic balance of life. The body has a self-healing mechanism, in Chinese medicine we do not add or take away; we simply seek balance to aid the body’s own natural healing.