Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.
Dr Prem is an experienced General Practitioner and surgeon who has used acupuncture as a complementary therapy within general practice for many years. He practices western medical acupuncture, an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine.
MBBS, FRCS (Edin & Glas), FRCSI, Dip.The. (Cardiff) Member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society and the Chinese Medical Institute, Beijing University.
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