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ACUPUNCTURE 101

Eastern medicine takes different approach to Western medicine: it’s more holistic. In Eastern wellbeing philosophy, the root of the problem tends to be directly addressed, as opposed to a symptom being attended to with prescription medication, as typically practised in the West.

Acupuncture is an ancient science that uses micro-fine needles to work on the system of meridians that flows through our bodies. Qi (pronounced “chee”), translating to mean our our life force or energy, moves through the meridians and is thought to flow like rivers through the body. Naturally, just like any point along a river, certain points along the meridians will clog up or get weak - Ancient Chinese medicine practitioners believe that when this happens, the body cannot self-initiate healing regulations to stay healthy, thus illness ensues.

Acupuncture as a healing modality has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for over 3,000 years. The needles are gently inserted into carefully selected points on the channels of the body's meridians to provoke an "unclogging" of that specific inner river, or meridian. The therapeutic insertion of these very fine, painless needles into these points mobilises the flow of Qi through the meridians. But don't panic at the word "needle", sometimes you may feel a dull ache from an acupuncture needle indicating activation of the desired point, but these sensations are not painful. In fact, acupuncture is the renowned opposite of painful - Treatment can be so relaxing that many clients fall asleep during treatment (I have before!), waking up feeling utterly rejuvenated and fully de-stressed.

The modern stress and anxiety epidemic makes for a great way to measure the effects of acupuncture. For example notably, acupuncture is now incorporated into NHS services. Some of the conditions that can be treated by acupuncture are: stress, anxiety, panic attacks, weight loss, fertility issues, back pain, insomnia, migraines and addiction. Acupuncture also treats allergies, asthma, auto-immune disorders, gynecological disorders, irritable bowel, acid reflux, gastro-intestinal disorders, skin rashes, acne and even Asperger’s syndrome.

And finally, beauty lovers, acupuncture fosters skin health and is a fabulous addition to your pre-existing natural facial cosmetic regime. Acupuncture, especially aesthetic acupuncture but I will argue that also traditional acupuncture, induces such a relaxing and clearing effect that it even relaxes and soothes wrinkles themselves. Acupuncture can activate sagging facial muscles and boost collagen levels. In addition, many facial rejuvenation treatments include points to benefit overall wellness - And we're thrilled to announce that in-store from the 20th January, we will have an acupuncture therapist offering treatments in our exclusive treatment room - For any bookings, please contact us in-store or online!

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