Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of healing which manipulates the body’s energy (Qi) to manage disease, relieve pain and improve health.
TCM treats both the root cause and manifestation of a problem. It therefore not only relieves signs and symptoms but also strives to prevent the problem recurring in the future.
Being a holistic form of medicine, TCM does not look at presenting conditions in isolation, but in relation to other aspects of the patient’s health. It then treats accordingly. Thus, all treatments given are tailored specifically to the individual.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is one way in which the theory of TCM can be applied. By inserting fine, sterilised, disposable needles into points all over the body the movement of Qi can be controlled thus stimulating the body's own ability to repair and restore health.
In 2003 the World Health Organisation stated that acupuncture was proven as an effective treatment for 28 conditions and has a positive therapeutic effect on 70 others.
For more information please visit the British Acupuncture Council's website.