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Acupuncture: North London Acupuncture practice

Acupuncture as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the ancient art of using needles at certain points along the energy, or Qi, meridians of the body.

The practitioner makes a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual so each person has a personalised treatment plan.

Acupuncture is concerned with restoring balance and harmony to the whole body. It not only addresses the flow of Qi and blood and the functioning of the organs, but also the balance of Yin and Yang. When these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the acupuncture points the practitioner can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance.

The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, also poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.

Within my naturopathy practice I find Chinese medicine diagnosis an invaluable aid in understanding the pattern of an illness, and the treatment can restore normality and offer relief within a short space of time.

The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.