Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy.

For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in symptoms of pain and illness or disease. In certain instances , traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms, like osteoarthritis of the knee, and others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health or improve their sense of wellbeing at different periods of their life, such as pregnancy, after retirement or when under stress. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

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

The British Acupuncture Council has lots of information and examples of evidence based research at www.acupuncture.org.uk

Fees: £38.