If you have a phobia of needles, then this might not be for you! But for me, acupuncture is the single, most important treatment I have regularly to stay in good health, keep sane and release tension! I now treat it as a preventative therapy rather than waiting for a symptom to cure and, interestingly, thousands of years ago, when acupuncture was in its infancy in China, patients there would not be expected to pay their acupuncturist if they fell ill! Nowadays, in the West, acupuncture is used more and more and is even NHS approved. It is also a great aid to ageing healthily, here's why......
Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 3,000 years. Fine needles are inserted into certain acupoints in the body, which connect to 14 main channels, known as ‘meridians’. Most of the meridians connect with a particular organ and this treatment helps to balance the flow of vital energy (Qi) in the body, keeping it in a wonderful state of homeostasis, which can only mean one thing: optimum health and energy, a bit like a free-flowing river with no blockages!
Apart from being used to treat dozens of conditions and ailments acupuncture can be very useful as part of an anti-ageing programme to release toxicity, improve the function of your organs, hormones and immune system, and to give you more energy. It is also used a lot for joint and muscular aches and pains, something we all suffer from more and more as we age, and, cosmetically, it is quite brilliant used as a natural face lift! I tried it once and the results were pretty impressive, but I did find it very time consuming (a minimum of 6 visits) and a bit painful.
Meanwhile, whatever your health, I do think this is a great therapy for keeping your constitution nice and strong. It's certainly working for me. Let me know if it works for you!
My practioner is Dave Bennett, The Marine Clinic, who practises Japanese acupuncture and has kept me healthy for the last 15 years.