When people ask ‘what is acupuncture’ they may already know a few basics, such as it originated in China and that it treats back 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 that go far beyond the scope of pain relief.
Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and consequently many health professionals happily recommend it to their patients.
The World Health Organisation recognises acupuncture as a treatment for more than 40 conditions, including allergies, chronic pain and fatigue. A growing number of studies also indicate that it may be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture also promotes general health and wellness and is often used as a preventive measure.
It takes a holistic approach that treats the whole person—meaning you’ll feel better as an individual and not just as someone with a specific condition. No matter what symptoms you have, acupuncture can help.
The best way to learn more is to experience it for yourself!
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 it has been shown to stimulate nerves, fascia and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain.
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.