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daniel bevan

acupuncture with a modern approach

Senior Acupuncturist & BAcC Member since 1999

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TCM explained

Origins

The principles of acupuncture were originally developed to ensure the longevity of the Chinese emperors. Eventually, the practice of health preservation and medicine became available to all Chinese people. Its success led to it being used throughout the East and more recently in the Western world.

Qi (chi) & Health
Health is normally maintained by the body’s ability to correct imbalances, combat disease and repair damage. TCM theory uses a conceptual model of health and disease. All of the workings of the body that we now understand in a more scientific way are described in terms of Qi (Chi), this can represent the incredible neural and hormonal control systems, our immunity/repair mechanisms, nutrition and reproductive capability. It can also be described in a more abstract way as energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels. The model of disease is similar to the scientifc concept of homeostasis or a dynamic balance, called Yin and Yang in TCM. The relationship between Yin aspects and Yang aspects include opposition (like +ve and -ve charge), mutual dependance and mutual transformation (like the waxing and waning of the moon). When these become out of balance, 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.

Diagnosis
By assessing the signs and symptoms of your disease or disorder, understanding the background factors such as life style, heredity, environment, your acupuncturist can determine what is going wrong and why it is happening. By diagnosing in this comprehensive way, a treatment plan can be made that involves addressing the causative factors where possible.

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