A system of medicine which has been in use for thousands of years, acupuncture helps the body to maintain good health and to rid itself of illness or imbalance. It is based on the principle that the body’s ‘life force’ – the principle or energy that keeps us alive – travels along channels or invisible meridians within the body in a system which parallels, on an energetic level, the circulatory system. Energy blockages in these meridians, a causal factor of ill health – are then freed through the insertion of fine needles at fixed points along its lines.
In China, the use of acupuncture in anaesthesia (ie pain control) has been widely publicised, with anaesthetic-free operations performed with dramatic effect in front of a TV camera. Less well-known, but equally startling is the traditional Chinese practice of paying the acupuncturist to keep you well – and stopping payments when – and if – you become ill. In the west, the therapy is frequently used in the treatment of digestive, menopausal and respiratory (hay fever, asthma, etc) problems – as well as for arthritis and musculo-skeletal pain. Increasingly, its effectiveness in managing depression has been observed and is being studied.
The mild prick of the needle is insignificant compared to the reinvigoration one feels – and the healing one experiences – from a treatment.
Tim Stillwell BAc MBAcC qualified from the International College of Oriental Medicine in 1987. His further studies over the years include a postgraduate course in clinical acupuncture in Nanjing, China. Massage has always been a part of his work and he synthesises a number of techniques that utilise his studies of shiatsu and other forms of body work. He will often also use Bach Flower Remedies as part of his treatment strategy. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and is also a member of the BAcC’s ethics and disciplinary committee.