Acupuncture is quickly growing in the UK as a popular complementary therapy with over 2800 qualified acupuncturists currently working throughout Britain. Based on the traditional Chinese practice that dates over two thousand years, clients today have the choice between traditional acupuncture, which is based on the Taoist principle that the body is directed by ch’i, or ‘life force,’ which flows through meridians, or channels through the body, or Western acupuncture, which uses scientific principles to find trigger points in the body to relieve pain.
Acupuncturists will spend a great deal of time during the first visit to go over the client’s medical history and lifestyle in order to provide the most effective treatment.
The treatments themselves will vary depending on the location of the acupuncture points selected, as some needles will be inserted and immediately removed, while others may be kept in place for as long as thirty minutes. The practice should never be painful, and most clients describe a feeling of relaxation or a heaviness of the limbs.