What is acupuncture

what is acupuncture

When people ask ‘what is acupuncture’ they may already know that it comes from China and that it treats pain. What they may not know is that today it also forms part of a rational and evidence-based system of healthcare and that over a million healthcare practitioner use it worldwide. Furthermore practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of physical and mental health illness.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into acupuncture points and/or warming or massaging the points.  Glass cups may also be used to create a vacuum over areas of the skin to dispel stagnation. In these ways the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response in a completely natural way.

What can it treat

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and consequently many health professionals are happy to recommend acupuncture to their patients.

Patients come for treatment for:

  • chronic and acute pain
  • sports injury
  • arthritis, joint pain and stiffness
  • anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia
  • digstive disorders including IBS
  • chronic fatigue syndrome and ME
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and acne
  • migraines and headaches
  • allergies
  • PMT, fibroids and endometriosis
  • menopausal symptoms
  • infertility
  • pregnancy and post-natal support
  • Urogenital problems
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Diabetes

If you would like to know more about a specific health concern then please contact me.

How it works

Traditionally acupuncturists explain its effects in relation to the flow of ‘qi’ in the body and the balancing of Yin and Yang – a framework of health which maps very closely to the Western concept of homeostasis.  The way that we ingest, store and transform qi and the balance and harmony of its flow within the human body is the basis on which acupuncturists practise Chinese medicine.

From a modern perspective acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nerves and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain.

Is it safe

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) must observe a Code of Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. The Department of Health have approved these procedures which provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

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Welcome to Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture. You are in the right place if you are:

  • Fed up with feeling tired, unhappy or in pain
  • Need help to conceive naturally or support during a assisted reproduction treatment
  • Unable to manage your health due to a busy and stressful life
  • Suffering with ill-health but have been unable to find the cause or a solution
  • Think there may be an emotional cause to your illness
  • Struggling to work because of neck, back or shoulder pain
  • Desperate to play sport but stopped by knee, groin or elbow pain
  • Want a natural approach to managing your health
  • Would like a treatment that is supported by a strong evidence-base
  • Expect to feel listened to, supported and understood

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and many health professionals are happy to recommend acupuncture to their patients.  Katy Bradshaw is able to treat whatever you need help with in her Brighton Acupuncture clinic.

Find out what acupuncture can treat.

If you would like to know more about a specific health concern then please contact me.

What patients say:

“I have crippling pain from severe arthritis in my hip which makes life with two small children difficult and distressing. Katy brought me so much pain relief and released my limbs so much the first time she ‘pinned me’ that I burst out crying. She keeps me moving and smiling. She is magic. And lovely” JH

“Katy  was vital in keeping my morning sickness at bay when I was pregnant. I loved the fact that the treatments incorporated plenty of time to talk about how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally, as this allowed Katy to tailor what she was doing to meet those specific needs. I always left a treatment feeling much more relaxed and the use of acupuncture seemed to have a tangible impact on my nausea” SL

“Throughout our three courses of IVF Katy was an incredible support. She tailored our treatment according to our needs and we reaped the benefits; emotionally and physically. We are pleased to say we are now expecting our first baby and we can’t thank Katy enough for all the support she’s given us both. Fertility treatment is a roller coaster but Katy’s been with us every step of the way. She’s wonderfully caring, calming and reassuring and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others” CF & JF

“Just to say a big thank you for the way you helped me to get a good nights sleep” JW

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