What is Acupuncture

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture as we know it today was first practised 2,500 years ago.

EOB treatment room dun laoghaireAt its simplest, in acupuncture needles are used to stimulate one or more points in the body to promote the flow of Qi (energy).

This flow of Qi (energy) is therapeutic and promotes healing.


What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system that was developed in what we now know as China. Its origins have been traced back over 5,000 years.

Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of a number of treatment modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong) and dietary therapy.

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There is a fundamental difference between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

When presented with an illness the TCM practitioner seeks to return the person to health. The focus is on the person not the illness.

By contrast Western medicine concentrates on the illness – its primary goal is to rid the body of the illness.

It is this difference that makes me practice TCM. I really want to help people to be healthy.  I mean healthy -not just free of illness. In this way we can all take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to us.