Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM)
About Chinese Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system of healing and has been practised in China for more than 2500 years. Although often described as an effective means of pain relief, it has, in fact, also been used to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions by Chinese Practitioners for thousands of years.
The focus of Acupuncture is to use the holistic approach to improve one’s overall health and well being, rather than simply using isolated treatments for specific symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as “Qi” (pronounced 'chee'). “Qi” is the energy flow within our body and it moves in a smooth and balanced way through a series of body meridians (channels) beneath the skin.
“Qi” consists of equal and opposite qualities – “Yin” and “Yang”. When these become unbalanced, illness may result. The flow of “Qi” can be disturbed by a number of external and internal factors such as anxiety, stress, grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma etc..
By carefully inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an Acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
The principal aim of Acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
About Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Remedies has a recorded history of more than 2000 years. Like other Chinese Medicine disciplines, Chinese herbal medicine is based on the principle that good health springs from maintaining a harmonious balance of energy, both inside and outside of the body. If this balance is disturbed or lost, either within oneself or in the environment, disease may develop.
Treatment with Chinese herbal remedies involves the use of a selection from several hundred commonly used ingredients, including roots, stems, flowers, leaves and barks. Herbal formulae based on the combination of various herbs have been used and tested in China over thousands of years for treating various illnesses. Pre-prepared combinations of herbs in the form of pills, powder capsules and creams (for external use) are also used.
According to the pattern of symptoms, Practitioners will carefully choose herbal formulae to “match” the individual’s need for treatment.
Suppliers all adhere to “Good Manufacturing Practice” which ensures that the ingredients used comply with UK laws and have been processed hygienically and safely. None of the products supplied contain endangered species.
It has been proved that combining Acupuncture treatments with herbal remedies results in a more effective and speedy recovery for patients.
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