Acupuncture, a branch of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), is one of the most popular and well-established forms of complementary medicine in the UK. It is used for a wide range of physical and mental conditions. It is particularly useful for pain relief.
In TCM, we believe the fundamental substance called Qi ( energy or life force) flows through the channels called meridians in our body, like electrical power traveling through electrical networks, to supply vital energy to every part of our body. When Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, it can cause illness or pain. So there is a Chinese Saying: “Where there is stagnation, there is Pain”.
Acupuncture points have been discovered on certain areas of the skin where the flow of Qi in the meridian system can gather. The insertion of acupuncture needles (very fine and thin disposable needles) on these points can release the stagnation of Qi and hence relieve pain. During acupuncture treatment, the practitioner first selects appropriate acupuncture points based on identified health problems. The practitioner will then insert and leave the needles in place normally for about thirty minutes. The use of needles is normally painless.
You can feel the acupuncture point Hegu (Joint Valley) by pressing it yourself. The functions of this point include releasing tension, calming the mind and relieving headaches.