Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure involving insertion and manipulation of needles at more than 360 points in the human body.
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 become increasingly popular and has earned a reputation as an effective remedy for a wide range of medical conditions. There has been a steady increase in the number of professionally trained practitioners in the UK, from just a handful of qualified acupuncturists in the 1970s to over 2500 registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
Traditional Acupuncture, as practiced by BAcC acupuncturists is an holistic therapy, and is 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 animating energy which gives us life and health.
Qi flows through a network of meridians, which flow throughout our bodies. These meridians animate our vital organs, circulating blood and regulating our vital functions (consciousness, memory, appetite, sleep etc). By the insertion of fine needles into points on the meridians, the strength and smooth flowing of Qi can be enhanced.
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 principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to restore the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Members of the BAcC are bound by strict Codes of Professional, Ethical and Hygenic Practice.