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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice which involves inserting very fine needles into certain points on the human body to put the person’s ‘qi’, or ‘chi’ – natural equilibrium or life force – back into balance.
People might opt for acupuncture for any number of reasons: to reduce pain; to relieve stress; to lose weight, to improve general health; or to cure or reduce symptoms of various internal, external or psychological disorders.
Acupuncturists work in private alternative health clinics and practices. Some specialise exclusively in acupuncture and some provide a variety of alternative treatments.
Typically, an acupuncturist will discuss health issues, medical history and the reasons the patient has for choosing acupuncture. The acupuncturist will perform any necessary physical examinations on the patient before devising the best treatment strategy.
They place needles into what are known as ‘acupuncture points’ on the patient’s body and leave them typically for up to half an hour.
As is the case for all healthcare professionals, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the clinic.