The Use of Acupuncture is comparatively new in this country although it is one of the worlds oldest systems of medicine.
It has been practiced in China for over 2000 years. While recent media interest focuses on Acupuncture for treating smoking and weight loss as well as Acupuncture Anesthesia, Classical Acupuncture is mainly used for general therapeutic purposes to restore and maintain health, as well as prevent illness.
In Chinese medicine it is held that any illness or symptom is associated with an imbalance in a person’s vital energy. This energy is known as Ch’i or QI (pronounced Chee). Good health is maintained through a sound balance of QI, so when the Body/Mind produces symptoms such as Asthma, Migraines or depression, it is a sign that there is an imbalance of QI, which must be rebalanced to restore health.
This principal of Classical Acupuncture is important because it means that the whole person’s health is affected and changed to ensure that they stay healthy once their energy, or QI has been balanced.