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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the flow of Qi in the body.

What is Qi? (Pronounced “chee”)

In the words of Huan Than, 40 BC: “Life is like the flame of a lamp, soon extinguished when the fuel (qi) is exhausted”  

There are many forms of Qi. The qi that can be manipulated with acupuncture needling, or restored with a herbal prescription, is called “Jing Qi” - the vital energy circulating in the meridians. It regulates the circulation of blood, the processes of digestion of food, the immunity system of the body, etc.

The body carries a certain amount of Qi at birth. This is depleted by the daily activities of living; it is augmented by intake of food (Ying Qi) and air (Da Qi). This depletion and or reinforcement, if balanced, maintains growth and health.  

Imbalance of Qi, its excess or deficiency, is the cause of ill health. The absence of Qi is death. The purpose of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal prescriptions is to restore the imbalance of Qi by puncturing the correct combination of acupuncture points and/or prescribing the correct herbal formula.


Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders.

These points have been mapped by the Chinese over thousands of years. Recently their location has been confirmed using sensitive machines which measure electrical resistance.

Acupuncture is well known to treat many medical conditions.

Acupuncture offers great relief in rheumatic and arthritic conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, painful joints, shoulder, neck, lower back, wrist, pain, hip, knee and ankle problems. Muscle, ligament, soft tissue and all pain producing areas can be treated with great success. Even sports injuries and accident victims experience great relief due to acupuncture treatments. Paralyses, neurological disorders, allergies and gynaecological problems can certainly get effective relief.

  • Dr Ebrahim Mahomed – SAACMA Chairperson 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    Medical Practitioner and Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture