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Robin Burby

Robin Burby  MATCM   MBAcC

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Royal Society of Medicine Senior Associate

BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine
BMed (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)
BSc (Hons) Business Administration

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture within TCM is one of the main treatment methods used to correct the disturbed flow of Qi and restore balance and harmony.

Acupuncture is carried out by inserting a number of vey fine needles into specific areas, or points around the body sometimes referred to as acupoints.

These acupoints lie mainly on the body’s system of channels or meridians to which our Qi flows around, and can be compared to that of a railway network, whereby the stations on the tracks equate to the acupoints.

Most often people who have never experienced acupuncture enquire whether this insertion of needles is painful, as they relate to it with receiving injections at the local hospital or GP surgery.

Acupuncture is completely different than having an injection in which a liquid is either being pushed into your body, or fluid is being extracted. In these cases, the needles used must be large enough for this liquid to flow through.

Acupuncture needles are not used for this function and therefore are much more comparable to the diameter of your hair.

Accordingly, when acupuncture needles are inserted, you may feel a slight prick, whereas other times you will not feel anything during the insertion.

On rare occasions, a sharp sensation may be felt on the insertion of acupuncture needles and this is most commonly due to the needle being inserted through a hair follicle, but once the needle is removed, the pain subsides very quickly.

After the insertion of the needle, a TCM practitioner will try to induce a sensation known as De Qi (derr chee). This in its most simple terms is when the needle point has been manipulated to the correct depth and location, and the body’s Qi has then arrived (almost like the train arriving at the station).

This sensation of De Qi comes in a variety of formats that may be experienced by both the practitioner and the patient, and include numbness, tingling, heaviness or slight pain, but also a light pinky/redness around the needle, or the body gripping the needle, similar to a catching a bite when going fishing.