Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Scientific Research
Chinese Medicine has been practised over centuries to help and support people across the world who have various physical, mental, emotional and spiritual difficulties.
There are four branches in Chinese Medicine and each one aims to keep the Mind-Body-Spirit in balance, through influencing the vital energy (Qi) that flows through our bodies, when it becomes obstructed or restricted, often resulting in pain and illness.
This can effect our physical, mental or spiritual health each to varying degrees. Acupuncture aims to re-balance and restore the natural flow of Qi by inserting very fine needles into the body at specific points on the energy channels helping to relieve the symptoms and address the root cause. The way we look after ourselves plays a big part too and so what we eat, how much we sleep and what exercise we do also need to be considered.
Acupuncture has been shown, scientifically, to be more than just placebo and beneficial for a range of conditions. It has an excellent safety record as a treatment (Macpherson et al, 2001) and evidence is growing to show its effectiveness in treating acute and chronic conditions.