The philosophy behind the treatment is that channels of energy circulate around the body. When this flow of energy is impaired, imbalance can occur in the form of pain and/or illness. Insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific points along the channels of energy stimulate the body’s own healing response, helping to restore its natural balance.
The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease.
Acupuncture sessions can be twice weekly, weekly, fortnightly or every four weeks (maintenance programme) due to individual needs of the patient.