Acupuncture Explained


Many people coming to The Bower Mount Clinic are unsure if acupuncture from our highly acclaimed acupuncturist Craig Minto might be able to help with their particular health care problems. So here is an explanation that may help. Oriental acupuncture is a deceptively simple form of medical treatment (Chinese Medicine) involving the insertion of extremely fine needles into carefully located parts of the body. However, behind this apparently straightforward act sits a huge body of knowledge and philosophy, tried and tested over thousands of years and on millions of people.

Acupuncture is all about creating ‘balance’ in all the systems of the body. Human beings are hugely complex both physically and psychologically. We all need enough rest, play,work, love and laughter, at the right time and in the right amount to maintain our health. Any excess or deficiency leads to imbalance and eventually dis-ease. The holistic approach of Chinese Medicine allows the practitioner insight into the heart of the patient’s life and condition, taking into account all of the contributory factors that can result in illness. The aim is to awaken and assist the body’s own powerful and natural self-healing mechanisms .In this way acupuncture can help in a very wide ranging conditions and help improve ones feeling of well-being.

A ‘symptom’ is a sign of disharmony within the individual indicating that their body is out of balance. Every patient is different so the acupuncture diagnosis needs to look at and treat each individual and their unique imbalances and circumstances. Patients really appreciate the attention to detail and depth of analysis that an acupuncture consultation and treatment provides. It often gives them a clearer understanding of why their body is out of balance and what they can do in the future to prevent further problems. 

We all know that at times in our lives we just don’t feel ourselves, something that is often not detectable on the usual blood tests and scans. However, we do know what it feels like to feel ‘well’ and a course of acupuncture can often restore this sense of harmony and well-being.

If you have any specific questions with regards to your own health needs, and how acupuncture may be able to help you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.