Acupuncture by Rebecca Speight - image of acupuncture needles

About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture ? Acupuncture is:

  • A system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years;
  • Used as a means of pain relief;
  • Used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses from arthritis to asthma; depression to dry eyes; menopause to ME;


What is Qi?

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi (pronounced ‘chi’) - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced, illness may result.

By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.


More general information on Acupuncture is available here at the British Acupuncture website.