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What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture

When it comes to alternative therapies, acupuncture is one of the most popular treatments available.

It’s a practice that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and it’s gaining more attention in modern times as people look for ways to reduce pain and stress naturally.

But what exactly is acupuncture? How does it work? Let’s delve into the world of acupuncture and see what all the fuss is about! 

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What is Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice developed thousands of years ago. It involves stimulating specific points on the body with thin needles to improve overall health and wellbeing.

The idea behind this form of therapy is that when inserted into certain areas, these needles can activate energy pathways (or “meridians”) within your body, which then helps to restore balance and promote healing. This can help relieve pain, reduce stress, boost energy levels, improve sleep quality and more.

The benefits of Acupuncture 

There are numerous benefits associated with acupuncture treatment. For starters, this type of therapy can help alleviate chronic pain such as back pain or sciatica without resorting to medications or invasive procedures.

It also helps reduce inflammation which can help with digestive issues like bloating or IBS. Furthermore, acupuncture boosts circulation, which can speed up recovery from injuries or other ailments and even improve skin health by increasing blood flow to the face.

Finally, regular treatment helps increase relaxation levels and reduce feelings of stress or anxiety – making it great for those who suffer from panic attacks or stress-related insomnia. 

How does Acupuncture work? 

The theory behind acupuncture is centred around Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the energy that flows through the body along pathways called meridians.

When these pathways become blocked or imbalanced, it can cause physical and mental symptoms such as pain and stress.

By inserting needles into specific points on the body, acupuncturists can help unblock or balance these pathways so that Qi can flow freely again and restore balance in the body.

What conditions can Acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture is used to help with a wide variety of conditions, such as:

  • headaches,
  • back pain,
  • digestive issues and
  • insomnia.

It has also been found to help with stress management and emotional wellbeing.

Although acupuncture is not a cure-all, it can be an effective complementary treatment for many different health issues when paired with other traditional health approaches.

What to expect during an Acupuncture session?

Acupuncture sessions typically last between thirty minutes and one hour. During the session, the acupuncturist will place tiny needles into specific points on your body to stimulate energy pathways and restore balance.

You may feel some sensation at first, but this should subside quickly. At the end of the session, you’ll likely feel relaxed and have less pain or discomfort.

How does Acupuncture relieve pain?

Acupuncture can help to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. It does this by releasing endorphins, which are natural hormones that act as natural painkillers, as well as by stimulating nerve endings and reducing tension in muscles.

In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture can also help improve circulation, further reducing inflammation and providing relief from many different kinds of pain.

How long do the effects of acupuncture last?

The effects of acupuncture vary from person to person and depend upon the condition being treated. Generally, it is recommended that a course of treatments be taken for best results.

A single treatment may provide relief for some people. Still, multiple sessions are typically needed to achieve lasting pain relief or other health benefits. The acupuncturist usually determines the number of sessions required, and can range from three to twelve or more.


Overall, acupuncture offers a range of health benefits that make it an appealing alternative therapy for many people worldwide.

While it may not be suitable for everyone, those who experience positive results from their sessions have reported improved physical health, mental clarity, and emotional wellbeing after just a few visits!

If you’re looking for a way to reduce pain, inflammation or stress without relying on medications, then this could be a great option for you. So why not book an appointment with one of our qualified, highly experienced acupuncturists and give it a try?

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