Acupuncture is the Ancient Chinese practice of using fine needles on specific points of the body to clear blocked channels of energy. This eases many aches and pains and promotes the balance necessary for good health.
Acupuncture is widely available throughout the whole of Andalucia, but you will find more English speaking practices concentrated on the Costa del Sol. This is especially true of the stretch from Malaga and Torremolinos to Estepona to the west - and Nerja to the east. Many thousands of UK residents and tourists live in and visit these areas the whole year round and acupuncture is becoming ever more popular and widely available. Many British and other foreign residents and tourists discover acupuncture for the first time when the come to Andalucia.
Make sure you are comfortable with the practitioner and if you see no evidence of the usual framed certificates on the clinic walls, then don't be shy to ask for details of their training and experience. If you are unsure, or new to the area or simply on holiday, it's a better idea to attend a reputable clinic in a main town, than to reply to a small ad or to have a home or hotel visit.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 3,500 years. The Chinese see the body as having two opposite but complementary forces - Yin (negative) and Yang (positive). When these two forces are balanced, then the bodies energy, Chi, flows freely along routes known as meridians. Imbalance blocks the Chi and causes ill health. When the acupuncturist places the fine needle in the appropriate point of the meridian, it taps into the body's natural energy flow and rebalances the Yin and Yang to bring back harmony and good health.
My first experience of acupuncture was in Torremolinos. I was depressed and run down after a family bereavement. A close friend recommended an experienced Acupuncturist in Torremolinos. Spanish, but with good knowledge of English and an assistant to translate where necessary, I was immediately put at ease and had full confidence in the treatment, which soon put me back on track to face life with renewed energy. I had ten sessions over about 5 weeks and already saw big improvements after the third visit.
In a first consultation, you will be asked for a full medical history and to describe present symptoms. The acupuncturist treats the patient, rather than simply the condition, working on the basis that each individual reacts in his/her own way to a condition and also to treatment.