Acupuncture is a treatment that is part of the ancient medical practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the prevalent health discipline in China and the Far East for thousands of years.


Acupuncture works on the premise that qi (pronounced chee), the body’s energy, flows along meridians, which are like invisible pathways around the body.  When the flow of energy is impaired, illness occurs.


In order to restore health, the acupuncturist works on bringing the body’s energy flow back into balance.  This is achieved by skilfully inserting fine acupuncture needles along the meridian’s acupuncture points.  When inserted, the acupuncture needles stimulate the body’s energy, and qi is redirected to where it is most needed.


An acupuncture treatment is usually painless.  Slightly thicker than human hair, the acupuncture needles are very fine and are skilfully inserted with a quick tap. Some patients report a tingling sensation, a slight numbness, or a mild ache, but this simply shows that the body is responding positively to the acupuncture treatment.  Most patients agree that an acupuncture treatment is a completely relaxing experience


Each acupuncture treatment is tailored to each patient’s needs.  It is quite common to experience a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments during your acupuncture session.  This maximises your acupuncture experience and enhances the healing process, in order to restore health.


Complementing Traditional Chinese Medicine methods include:


Tui Na

Usually at the beginning of your treatment, the body’s acupuncture points are massaged in order to stimulate the flow of energy and relax the muscles before acupuncture begins.

Burning traditional Chinese herbs (like a cigar) are held over particular acupuncture points during the treatment and its warmth stimulates the blood flow to restore the body’s energy back into balance.

Suction cups are applied over the skin by the acupuncturist after the acupuncture treatment.  This creates a vacuum which works to break up stagnant energy and circulates the blood flow.