Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body.

It is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). This means that acupuncture is different in important ways from treatments that are part of conventional western medicine. Unlike conventional treatments, the use of acupuncture is not always based on scientific evidence.

Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or 'life force', flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced 'chee').

Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi cannot flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe that acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.

Some scientists and acupuncturists believe that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for any beneficial effects.

Practitioners – called acupuncturists – use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache, lower back pain and dental pain, but is also commonly used against conditions ranging from infertility to anxiety and asthma. To learn more, see common uses of acupuncture.

 

 

 

           

 

                                                           
                                              
 

Clinic

Therapeutics Southampton Ltd
Trojans Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9HT
Tel 023 8065 3707

                     
                                                                       
 

Treatments

Acupuncture

Cupping

Electro-Acupuncture

Tui Na

Moxibustion

                                                                                               
                       

Resources

Organisations and Institutions

The British Acupuncture Council

The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine

The Journal of Chinese Medicine

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence