Techniques like acupuncture have been used independently around the world for over 3000 years. In the UK, acupuncture is one of the most popular and well-established complementary therapies, with approximately three million people undergoing this kind of treatment each year.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the Chinese belief that the human body is controlled by a life force known as Qi (pronounced 'chee') that circulates the body along channels called meridians. In order to remain healthy, traditional theory dictates that Qi must flow correctly along these meridians. Acupuncture theory suggests that the flow of Qi can be affected and restored to balance by stimulation of certain key points (known as acupuncture points) along these channels. Stimulation is usually in the form of insertion of very fine needles into these points.
Western medical acupuncture, the approach used by many conventional healthcare professionals (including here in Edinburgh at Harmonic Acupuncture), takes a more scientific approach based on known neurophysiology. It is commonly used to help treat painful complaints of the muscles and joints, including back pain and headaches. More information on Acupuncture can be found at: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk
We use acupuncture as a technique, rather than a therapy, based on our philosophy of how good physical health is achieved. It can be used solely or alongside other techniques as part of an individualised treatment regime.