Alongside herbal medicine and massage, acupuncture is one of the most
important methods of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It
uses a system of physiology and diagnostics whereby psychological,
emotional, physical and environmental factors are considered to work
The World Health Organisation has compiled a long list of disorders that are eligible to
be treated with acupuncture. This list includes disorders of the respiratory system, stomach
and intestines as well as musculoskeletal, hormonal and neurological disorders.
Further scientific research into the results and efficacy of acupuncture has meant
that it is now considered by the regular Western medical world as a complementary
treatment of ailments such as pain or chronic illnesses. Consequently, it is quite common
to find acupuncture offered in health clinics and hospitals.
More and more people are turning to acupuncture as a treatment. It is more widely
available thanks to its re-balancing effect on a broad scale of disorders. It is not
only used to treat problems or to re-balance the body, but often it can prevent the
initial occurrence of complaints.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, energy known as Qi circulates around the body
through the meridians (energy pathways). These meridians form a fine network that connects
all parts of the body, such as the organs, senses, skin, hair, bones, blood vessels, nails,
uterus, and the brain, etc.
When Qi cannot flow smoothly, for example because of an accident or a prolonged stressful
situation, stagnation will occur in the meridians. This can cause all kinds of disorders
and impair the proper functioning of the organs. The method of acupuncture uses needles
to remove these stagnations and obstructions from the path of Qi circulation.