It is incredible to think that acupuncture is available to people in Edinburgh and East Lothian, and the acupuncture given is based on a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which has been tried and tested over many hundreds of years. While it is a very old system of help, acupuncture remains a modern choice for many people and can work very well alongside current western medicine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points which are situated all over the body. By inserting a needle, the acupuncturist is able to manipulate an individual’s personal energy, known as Qi. (Pronounced ‘chee’).
When a person is unwell the Qi stops circulating correctly around the body. By inserting needles Qi is encouraged to return to its natural balance.
The flow of Qi can be affected by many things, for example an injury, wear and tear on joints, poor diet, emotional strains like grief and overwork. These will then present as symptoms to the individual, for example, pain, insomnia, fatigue, in fact any disorder could be said to have its root in poor circulation or quality of qi. The aim of acupuncture is to return an individual’s natural equilibrium. The image below is of an ancient statue which shows the position of the meridians of energy and the
associated acupuncture points on those meridians. The energy flows to and from the extremities through out the body having an influence on the area of the body it travels through. For example the Gall Bladder energy travels from the head over the skull through the trunk down the legs and ends on the end of the fourth toe. This channel is often treated for head aches and often away from the skull, so you may find that you have visited and acupuncturist with migraine but have needles inserted into your foot. The channel also travels through the hip area, again it is often treated for sciatic pain as is the bladder channel that travels through the buttock. Again these channels end on the foot, so if you go to see an acupuncturist for sciatica as well as local points where the pain is the acupuncturist may treat the channel further down the leg. Sciatic pain is a good example of trapped qi as it often corresponds exactly with the energy line.