What is Acupuncture?
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What is acupuncture?

For thousands of years the Chinese and other Eastern peoples have used acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health.

Qi (pronounced 'chee') is the life-force which flows through channels in the body, keeping us healthy when it is flowing freely and strongly. However, if Qi flow is disrupted, as a result of emotional upset, poor food, weather conditions, or other factors, then illness results.

To prevent or correct these problems, very fine needles are inserted through the skin into the channels to correct the Qi flow, restore the holistic balance (the Yin and Yang) and so bring the patient back to health through their own internal healing response.


Acupressure is a massage technique, part of the ancient Chinese art of 'Tui Na', that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities – ideal if you want the benefits of acupuncture but without the needles. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of Blood and Qi to aid healing. The advantages of using acupressure, along with other non-invasive techniques such as 'cupping' and 'moxa', include relieving pain, balancing the body’s energy and maintaining good health.