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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