Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
Stimulation of muscles and nerves to balance blood flow and promote long-term health and wellbeing.
Treatment for aches, pains, and neurological disorders
Safe, effective relief from pain
Long-term health and balance
What is acupunture?
Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves inserting ultra-thin needles at specific points on the body and at varying depths.
While the technique is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the treatment has risen in popularity across the world, with over 10 million treatments given annually in the US alone .
Acupuncture can help treat many conditions, particularly those involving chronic pain.
The World Health Organization's review and analysis of reports on clinical trials  indicates that acupuncture is an effective treatment for 28 diseases and disorders, including:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Dental and facial pain
Nausea & Vomiting (inc. morning sickness)
Shoulder pain (inc. periarthritis)
Sciatica (nerve pain)
Other studies suggest acupuncture is beneficial in further areas such as:
Back pain [3, 4]
Knee osteoarthritis 
Knee rheumatoid arthritis 
Myofascial jaw pain 
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) .
How does treatment work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains our health through the balance of the opposing 'yin' and 'yang' life forces - or 'qi' - that flow throughout the body. While strong health is associated with balance of the qi, illness is explained as deriving from energy imbalances.
This energy is said to flow across the body through 12 'meridians' (or channels), accessible via 361 specific acupoints.
Both acupuncture and acupressure seek to correct energy imbalances by stimulating specific combinations of the acupoints.
"An abundance of information has now accumulated concerning the neurobiological mechanisms of acupuncture, in relation to both neural pathways and neurotransmitters/hormonal factors that mediate autonomic regulation, pain relief and other therapeutics." 
Some scientists explain acupuncture and acupressure through neurobiology, seeing the acupoints as specific positions where the muscles and nerves can be stimulated to bring about benefit to the muscular , immune , cardiovascular  and autonomic nerve systems , as well as blood flow .
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