History

Acupuncture has been practiced widely for over three thousand years and is used extensively in the USA, Germany and Australia. 

it is becoming more widely utilised in the UK with many GP'S and physiotherapists utilising some of the skills into their treatments.

The NHS and GP'S are also now allowed in certain situations to refer to acupuncturists as long as they comply with NICE guidelines and are for conditions such as dental pain, migraines, nausea and vomiting and pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Also the World Health Organisation (WHO) has endorsed Acupuncture for treatment of over 180 conditions.

These include

Chronic pain, back pain, arthritic pain

Depression, anxiety and stress

Insomnia

IBS and other digestive problems

PMS, menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms

High blood pressure and circulatory problems

Infertility, pre- and post-natal support 

Skin conditions such as acne and eczema

Asthma and other respiratory disorders

Hay fever and other allergies

Withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from addictive substances including alcohol and nicotine

 

Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific acupuncture points on the body following the meridians of the body, akin to the west’s understanding of the nervous system

 

Acupuncture treats more than just any condition you have; it treats you as a unique individual by rebalancing Qi or vitality and energy. 

As your Qi affects everything, from the functioning of your vital organs to your emotional stability and clarity of thought, the effect of acupuncture offers more than relief from any one condition. 

Most people experience improvement in overall well-being, increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, better sleep and improved digestion.  

 

You do not need to have a illness to experience the benefits of acupuncture; some people come for treatment for improved motivation, to gain a general sense of well-being tor purely for the preventative aspect.

 

Approximately

1027-480 BC - Early and Middle Zhou Period

 Development of ritual based medicine

480-221 BC - Late Zhou Period

Daoism and Five Phases developed as fundamental medical beliefs

206-220 BC - Han Dynasty

Systemization of Chinese Medicine with a number of classic text being written including the Nei Jing and Nan Jing

220 BC-589 AD - Six Dynasties

Tthis is a period of Chinese history which was marked by disunity but within acupuncture more important develops are made in documenting acupuncture.

590-617 AD - Sui Dynasty

This marked the period of acupuncture being spread throughout Asia. Each country has differing acupuncture styles today, for example in Tibet a lot of Moxa (a herb) is used and in Japan an extremely shallow and light needle technique is applied.

980-1264 - Song Dynasty

Period of Confucianism, which give acupuncture its systemic correspondences with seasonal cycles.

1368-1643 - Ming Dynasty

A renaissance for all Chinese arts and medicines

1644-1911 - Qing Dynasty

Decline of empire and Chinese medicine

1911- 1970’s - Communism 

                              In 1929 there was an abolishment of traditional medicine in China but in the 1950’s TCM starts to spreads to the West.