Acupuncture is a well established therapy, which originated in China, where it is still practiced alongside western conventional medicine.
Acupuncture can be understood from two different perspectives. Modern research has indicated some of the ways in which acupuncture affects the body. For example, that acupuncture changes blood chemistry and that stimulating certain points on the body with acupuncture can “light up” particular areas of the brain.
Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes over three hundred different points on the body, which may be stimulated by acupuncture. These points are ascribed a range of therapeutic functions, for example:
- Any-point can be used to stimulate the tissues in the immediate area, for example points on and around the knee would be used for osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Some points have associations with particular organs of the body. For example, points near the wrist and below the knee may be used to resolve nausea and vomiting.
- The functions of other points are described in terms of the traditional Chinese concepts of Yin (cooling), Yang (warming) and Qi (energy). These concepts provide a surprisingly sophisticated description of the way in which the body works, which can give insight into each individual’s situation.
Our Acupuncturist is Joop Brouwer