What is Acupuncture?

The British Acupuncture Council tells us that Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy in the UK.

 Acupuncture is an holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East.

The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists which uses acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis.

Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, traditional acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from  hat is often a complex pattern of disharmony.

The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist designs a personalised treatment plan.

see also How Does Acupuncture work? and Is Acupuncture Safe?