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What is Qi (chee) in Acupuncture?

Qi ( pronounced “Chee”  is unless you are studying Chinese medicine complicated.  Usually translated Qi means “vital life force,” but qi goes far beyond that simple translation. Classical Chinese Philosophy describes  Qi as the force, in our case, life force, that makes up and binds together everything in the universe. It is paradoxically, both everything and nothing. The flow of Qi through the body is disrupted by many things, including disease, pathogens, trauma/injuries and medication (side-effects), and lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, alcohol, emotions, lack of rest and stress. Stimulation of acupuncture points during treatment helps restore a sufficient, continuous and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body. Acupuncture can help by restoring health and balance to the body while relieving pain and other symptoms. The Acupuncturist can use a sophisticated and complex system of diagnostic methods that consider the person as a whole, discerning the body’s pattern of disharmony rather than isolated symptoms. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms but, more importantly, to treat the underlying cause. Acupuncture appears to increase the ability to function and improve the quality of lifespan and ill-health.

Acupuncture is over 2000 years old.

Fertility Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that gently places very fine needles into the skin. Specific and different points are used to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”). Qi is a description of “lifeforce”, the body’s innate living energy. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to balance energy and treat fertility problems in both men and women. There is a body of evidence to support acupuncture for fertility. Evidence suggests that acupuncture balances organ systems, increases blood flow, balances the autonomic nervous system, stimulates endorphins to ease stress, and increases hormones, thereby normalising blood supply to the reproductive system. Ultrasound studies have shown that Acupuncture “normalises”  blood flow to the womb and fallopian tubes, possibly improving the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. It also helps to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones) which may have a detrimental effect on the body’s ability to conceive or hold onto a pregnancy.

Hatfield Practice also specialises in stress, fertility, male/female health issues, pregnancy and infertility, low immune system and energy. Acupuncture can be incredibly relaxing and can effectively relieve stress, anxieties and improving sleep and energy levels.


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