The needle and the fire
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine represent a whole approach to both the identification and management of disease, and the maintenance of health; They focus as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment of illness.
When we are healthy, ample Qi and blood flow through the body along channels sometimes called meridians, and vessels, connecting the surface of the body with the internal organs. If the flow of Qi and blood is blocked in any way or there is a lack of Qi or blood, then the body will have difficulty remaining in balance, hence the development of pain and/or ill heath. We also focus on the balance of heat and cold, dry and damp, and the interaction between the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) in your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture points are specific sites on a meridian/channel where the flow of Qi can be influenced and stimulated. “Meridians/Channels are an invisible network linking vital substances to organs and carrying nourishment and strength. Meridians/Channels unify all parts of the body which is essential to remaining in a harmonious balance.”
By inserting fine needles into the body’s channels/meridians, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response which in turn helps to restore its natural balance. We also have ‘needle-free’ options available like acupressure, earseeds, tuning forks and can use moxibustion for stimulation if this is preferred.
The flow of Qi and blood can become imbalanced through a number of factors including lifestyle, poor nutrition, overwork, weather and environmental conditions, hereditary factors, trauma, stress/anxiety, and infections. [‘Huang-di Nei Jing Su-wen’(Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor), Beijing, People’s Press, 1963]