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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as penetration by thin needles or the application of heat, pressure or laser light.

It is a form of complementary medicine and alternative medicine and a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

According to TCM, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi through channels known as meridians.

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Traditional acupuncture involves three main methods

Needle insertion – thin sterilised needles, typically about 13-20mm long are inserted into the skin at specific points along a meridian line, sometimes by way of a guide tube, and which can then be manipulated either by gentle spinning or flicking to stimulate the area.

Moxibustion  - Moxa, commonly known as Mugwort, believed to be an agent that increases blood circulation to a specific area. The dried leaves are shaped into a cone and then lit. The smouldering herb is held just above an acupuncture point to create heat thereby increasing circulation to a specific area.

Cupping therapy  - small glass cups, often bell-shaped, which are heated and then placed on to the skin creating a vacuum thereby increasing circulation, which promotes healing to specific areas.

Acupuncture aims to assist in the relief of symptoms of a range of conditions, including chronic pain such as back pain, menstrual disorders, pregnancy disorders, infertility, stress and anxiety conditions.