Exactly when and how acupuncture originated is unknown but there is evidence in China that early forms were practised thousands of years ago with the earliest literal mention being made in the “Huangdi Neijing” (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) from around 200 BC.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specifically selected acupuncture points on the body known as the meridian channels. There are twelve main meridian channels each of these being associated to an organ of the body. It promotes the flow of qi and blood around the body and relieves pain and stagnation.

Before acupuncture is chosen as your treatment method assessment of your condition will be made using diagnostic techniques such as tongue and pulse diagnosis. This will provide clues to the cause of your condition and enable a treatment plan to be put in place.

Acupuncture today is practised the world over and can be used to aid illness and disease as well as structural and mental issues.

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