Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. Nowadays more and more people are finding this long established therapy can offer an effective solution to all manner of today's ills.
Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body's equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, physical, mental, and emotional.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi. The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness may result. The acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore its natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problem.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
Because acupuncture needles are so fine, there is only the slightest prick as the needle is inserted. It is possible to have a variety of sensations from nothing at all to a sensation of heaviness, a tingling feeling or a dull ache.
Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.
I use disposable, single use acupuncture needles which are pre-sterilised, stored in sealed packs and are disposed of after each treatment.
Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after six treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months. Patients are normally asked to come once or twice a week at first.
What can Acupuncture do for you?
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints such as headaches, vomiting, neck ache, and back ache, rheumatic and dental pain, through to more general feelings of ill health such as nausea or low energy.
Many women choose to have acupuncture throughout pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, it is increasingly used by couples dealing with problems of infertility or to support IVF treatment.
For further information (regarding above acupuncture information leaflet), please visit BAcC website
Acupuncture Research fact sheets
These research fact sheets are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of reseach and how acupuncture may be beneficial. You should always consult your GP if you have any concerns or talk to a BAcC registered acupuncturist.
Please see the following conditions on research fact sheets.
Acne, Allergic rhinitis, anxiety, back pain, Bell's palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, COPD, cystitis, dentistry, depression, dysmenorrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, endometriosis, female fertility, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, gastrointestinal tract disorders, headaches, infertility ART, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), male infertility, menopausal symptoms, migraines, nausea and vomiting, obstetrics, osteoarthritis, post-operative pain, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sinusitis, sports injuries, stress, tinnitus.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu, Japanese 'finger pressure' therapy is a natural healing discipline springing from the same ancient Oriental principles as acupuncture. Like acupuncture, Shiatsu works by stimulating the body's vital energy flow (known as 'Ki' in Japanese) in order to promote good health. However, in Shiatsu the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers, elbows and even knees and feet to apply pressure and stretching to the energy lines, known as 'meridian'. Treatment usually leaves a feeling of calmness and well being, of being more in touch with one's body and self.
For further information, please visit The Shiatsu Society