Acupuncture is one of the most
widely practised and respected systems of alternative medicine.
Originating in China some 3,500 years ago,it aims to adjust the
body's "life energy" - called Qi or Chi,
and so restore health and vitality. Qi flows through the
body along pathways known as meridians - energy pathways - and disruption
of this pathway can create illness. Acupuncture involves
the insertion of fine, sterile needles into carefully selected acupuncture
points along the meridians (energy pathways). This removes blockages
or stimulates energy flow in the meridian system and by doing so
helps to re-establish equilibrium in the body. In this way the system
can be restored to health. Acupuncture can be used to relieve
symptoms of ailments or for stress relief.