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What is Acupuncture?

  • One of the oldest systems of recorded medicine

  • Based on the concept of Qi or vital energy - what keeps us alive and breathing!

  • Uses fine pre-sterilized single use needles

  • Treats the whole person

Every system of medicine is defined by its perception of health and disease. Whereas the Western physician starts with a symptom, then searches for the underlying cause, the attention of a traditional acupuncturist is first of all on the whole person and all symptoms are seen in the context of the patient’s unique physical and psychological first make-up. For this reason, your first consultation with a fully qualified Acupuncturist is likely to be about 90 minutes long while your practitioner makes a detailed diagnosis of the cause and most effective treatment of your symptoms.
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Explaining the Five Elements

As human beings we are intricately linked to and affected by, the world around us. It was the close observations of the elements which constitute life: Water, Wood, Earth, Fire and Metal that led to the beliefs that we, as human beings also reflect these qualities. However, each of us tends to reflect one element to a greater degree than the rest. For example, in Spring, the Wood time of the year, we are surrounded by the renewed drive for growth and change and a Wood type of person may really like (or sometimes dislike) the Spring. He/She may feel particularly alive and well at this time, or could feel out of sorts. Just as a tall tree needs both flexibility and firmness in the face of strong wind, Wood imbalance in us may show us as having issues around flexibility.

As well as taking a detailed note of all symptoms and health concerns, by using the 5 elements in diagnosis there is an opportunity to assess a patient's 'constitutional' type. Together with all other signs and symptoms of illness, this enables an Acupuncturist to plan the best treatment for each individual.