The ancient practice of acupuncture developed in China approximately 3500 years ago. The first documentation of acupuncture that described it as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment is in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates back to 100 BCE
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), five elements, or five phases, theory outlines the relationship between the different elements in nature and the life force, or “qi,” that flows through them. Yes this sounds like the force in Star wars, It permeates through time and space it is the invisible connective tissue that binds the universe together. The basic elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each individual is a blend of these elements, and in order to be truly healthy, they need to be balanced. Life inevitably throws this balance out of sync, in fact many people are born out of sync, but it is often the Big and little traumas that we experience that manifest illness within the body system.
Acupuncture can be both curative and preventative, it treats the root cause of illness rather than addressing the symptom but there is also a branch of Acupuncture that is known as first aid, which is often effective at treating specific problems such as back ache, frozen shoulder, muscular injuries etc…
If you are interested in a consultation or treatment in Cornwall please see Positive Acupuncture (Truro) or Serenity Acupuncture (Bude).