Traditional acupuncture is a system of medicine/healthcare which is based on ancient principles dating back 2000 years. over the past couple of millenia medical scholars have contributed to the refinement and development of the art of acupuncture.

Tradtiional acupuncture sees illness and pain as indications that a person is out of balance. The aim the acupuncturist is to restore the person’s equilibrium by inserting fine needles and rebalancing their vital energy, or Qi.

Traditional integrated acupuncture uses two systems, namely TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine, with its Yin Yang, 8-principle approach) and 5-Element. Whilst these two systems are similar in many respects, there are also some significant differences. 5-Element looks at more chronic conditions with emphasis on a person’s constitution. TCM emphasises both acute and chronic conditions and is particularly for musco-skeletal disorders.

What is clear is that many people are finding traditional integrated acupuncture extremely effective nowadays due to its perception that peoples’ physical, emotional and mental state are all connected, indeed interdependent and that to regain true health a holistic approach is needed.

“Illnesses may be identical, but the persons suffering from them may be different”.

(Unschuld, 1990, p17)