What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healthcare in the world, originating in China approximately 2,500 years ago.
Acupuncturists focus on the individual, rather than an isolated complaint. The physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are seen as interdependent. Acupuncturists use subtle diagnostic techniques, such taking the pulse and observing the tongue, which have been developed and refined for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health. Acupuncturists may also use other techniques such as moxibustion (a form of heat), cupping, tuina (massage) and guasha (smooth tool to relieve pain and tension).
I am a licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncturist covering the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas. I first became interested in acupuncture when I was on my own fertility journey and I was amazed by the changes acupuncture brought to my life and health.