Acupuncture originated in China and has been practised for thousands of years. Two of the fundamental concepts underpinning acupuncture are the theories of Yin and Yang and that of Qi (pronounced Chee).
Yin and Yang theory corresponds to the cyclical movements seen in the natural world e.g. daylight and activity (Yang) move into darkness and rest (Yin). This concept becomes applicable to the language of Chinese healthcare where practitioners will speak of Dryness, Heat, Fire (Yang) and Wetness (or Damp), Cold and Water (Yin).
Qi (energy) flows throughout the body via an elaborate network of channels (meridians). Although these channels are not visible, each one has numerous energetic points (acupuncture points) along its length. It is into these points that very fine needles are inserted, thus influencing the flow of Qi and restoring harmony within the body. Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide range of conditions including respiratory problems, skin diseases, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety/depression, fertility issues, problems in pregnancy/assisting childbirth…amongst many others.