Acupuncture theory, diagnosis and treatment. How does acupuncture work? Chinese diagnosis and acupncture treatments explained by The Torbay Acupuncture Centre, Torquay, Devon.

Theory

Acupuncture Theory

How Does Acupuncture Work ?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing which has been practiced for thousands of years. Unlike western medicine, which developed through carefully studying the component parts of the human body, Chinese medicine took its inspiration from the outside world. Observations were made of the way in which nature functioned and these patterns and rhythms where then identified in human beings.

All of nature hangs in an intricate balance, and in the same way, a human being in good health, also displays physical and emotional equilibrium.

Qi and the Channels
Just as your blood travels through your veins, the ancient Chinese discovered a network of channels carrying the vital energy they called Qi (pronounced chee). Acupuncture is the method through which this energy can be accessed. Skilful and in depth questioning leads to a unique diagnosis of any weaknesses or blockages of Qi in your system, which can then be harmonised by the insertion of very fine needles into carefully selected points along the channels.

What should I expect from Acupuncture
At your first acupuncture treatment a full case history will be taken. This will involve extensive questioning, not only with regards to your main complaint, but also other areas of your general health. This stage of the process is vital as it allows Rachel to gain a full and detailed picture of your current state of health. With this information she will design a treatment plan that can positively impact all areas of your health, including sleep, appetite and your general sense of well being, along with your main complaint. Treatment is likely to involve points in your lower legs and lower arms, as well as any area that is causing you particular discomfort. Therefore it is helpful if you can wear clothing which will make these areas easy to access.

When this balance is shaken through the vicissitudes of life, disease can often result. Sometimes it will manifest in physical illness, sometimes in mental, emotional or psychological difficulties. Acupuncture treatment offers away to redress the balance, restoring harmony and stability to the entire system.

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practiced in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multilbed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).