In January 2014 – YOU Massage welcome Sharon - BSc (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC and Member of the British Acupuncture Council - to our Southampton studio!
Here, she introduces this effective and popular Therapy and tells us a little about its History:
Introduction to Acupuncture
Acupuncture was first written down 3,000 years ago, and is believed to have been practiced 1,000s of years before this – no-one really knows how old it is.
At its base is heat (Yang) and cold (Yin). It is the interaction of heat and cold that produces energy (Qi). When the heat and cold interactions fall short for any reason the energy flow is affected, and disease results.
Hot weather affects us (sun burn, heat stroke, prickly heat) as does cold weather (coughs, colds, flue).
Our emotions, when held long term, are also considered to cause ill health as they affect the flow of energy. Lifestyle (burning the candle at both ends) and diet (poor, insufficient, excess) are also injurious to health.
Acupuncturists treat everything that ‘Western’ medicine treats, and both have their strengths and weaknesses. Western medicine is remarkable for the many killer diseases it has all but eradicated and people with quite serious debilitating diseases now go on to lead longer and almost normal lives. Chinese medicine comes into its own with the day to day diseases that are difficult to treat by Western medicine alone. Pain within or without anywhere in the body from any cause, addiction, allergies, anxiety and depression, circulation issues, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, immune disorders, problems affecting the skin to name a few.