Acupuncture first came to public attention in the West when President Nixon visited the Peoples' Republic of China in the early 1970s. Since then it has earned a reputation worldwide as an effective intervention for a wide range of medical conditions.
Traditional Acupuncture, is an holistic therapy, based on principles of vitalism; our health is maintained by the regulated, coordinated movement of Qi. Qi can be translated in many different ways, but broadly, it is our life force; the power which gives us life and health. Qi flows through a network of channels, which flow throughout our bodies, animating our vital organs, circulating blood and regulating our vital functions (consciousness, memory, appetite, sleep etc).
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include; emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief; poor nutrition; weather conditions; hereditary factors; infections; poisons and trauma. The principle aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to restore our physical, emotional and spiritual equilibrium. By the insertion of fine needles, the strength and smooth flowing of Qi can be enhanced and revitalised.
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