Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world and its principles have been researched and refined for over 2000 years. This medicine is as relevant now as it was in ancient China, to help us feel our best in our busy and often stressful modern lives.
Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi around the body through pathways called meridians. In recent years medical scientists have discovered myofacial pathways that follow the meridians recorded by the early acupuncturists and the concept of qi may overlap with developing knowledge of how cells in the body communicate.
The translation between the patterns of Chinese medicine and western named conditions is a fascinating one. For nearly every named condition you bring to your practitioner, like nausea, or osteoarthritis of the knee, there is a complex weave of different syndromes and patterns within which it is understood. The symptoms are important, a bridge between what you experience and how the practitioner, be they eastern or western, makes sense of what you bring to them. Every symptom has meaning within the eastern tradition.