Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the
body. These needles can be used locally in areas
corresponding to the ailment, or in other areas located on
energy pathways throughout the body.
TCM style acupuncturists work on the theory that the
body’s energy flows along pathways called meridians or
channels. By inserting a needle into a specific point
along these pathways it is possible to influence the flow
of energy along the entire meridian. Imagine a stream that
has become blocked by rocks, causing the flow of water to
become disrupted. If you take a stick and move the rocks
you restore the smooth flow of water. This is similar to
the way in which TCM style acupuncture works.
An acupuncturist will use acupuncture needles in
different ways depending on the patient. They may increase
energy in a channel, move a blockage, or calm excess
energy depending on the disharmony. There are twelve main
energy meridians that flow around the body, and these are
all associated with a different internal organ.
When a needle is inserted you may not actually feel it
at all; acupuncture needles are very fine stainless steel
needles that resemble hairs more than hypodermics. When
the energy reaches the needle you are likely to feel a
tingling, warm sensation, or a dull ache - the sensation
is certainly nothing to be afraid of. Acupuncture needles
come in sterilised packaging guarded by plastic guide
tubes - they are used once only and disposed of.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments,
both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.
Two surveys conducted independently of each other and
published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded
that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture
is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many
orthodox medical treatments.
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