Early acupuncturists developed a complete system of diagnosis simply through
methodical and detailed observation of the human body.
Without the aid of modern equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered, recorded and resolved many now-familiar findings of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body.
Acupuncture regulates the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridians.
Modern medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that trace the meridians documented by the early acupuncturists, and the concept of qi seems to overlap with emerging facts about how the body’s cells communicate.
Training as a traditional acupuncturist combines the art of diagnosis with the skill of practice. Developing both is the work of a lifetime and is what puts British Acupuncture Council members at the head of our profession.