WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points or along lines of energy known as meridians. Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it is used to treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions.
Acupuncture is one of the most widely practised complementary medical treatments in the UK. It has been recognised by the World Health Organisation, who recommend it for over 100 conditions, and it is used in many NHS GP practices, as well as in most pain clinics and hospices in the UK.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and relieve the pain and discomfort associated with, or resulting from, a wide range of conditions and diseases. It is increasingly used to enhance overall health and well-being and can be helpful in treating headaches, stress, infertility, emotional issues, dermatological problems, autoimmune conditions and more.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing life-force energy, known as chi or qi, which flows through pathways or meridians in the body. Illness and disease may arise when stagnation or blockages prevent chi from flowing freely. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, stagnation can be cleared, energy flow can be rebalanced, and health and vitality can be restored.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Acupuncture is suitable for anyone looking for a natural way to restore their health and well-being.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
Each acupuncture treatment lasts 1 hour, although your initial appointment will be slightly longer. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer-lasting pain relief than a single treatment.
Your first treatment will include an assessment of your general health, including diet and lifestyle factors, your medical history and any symptoms or health issues you wish to address. As part of the Chinese medical diagnosis, we will also look at your tongue and take a reading of your pulse.
During the session itself, you will be asked to sit or lie down and you may be asked to adjust your clothing so we can access certain parts of your body. Based on your condition/s, the needles will then be placed at specific points on your body and will be left in position for up to 30 minutes. Many patients describe feeling a deep sense of relaxation and well-being during this time, which often extends beyond the treatment itself.
After the treatment, it’s advisable to avoid stress and over-exertion, so try to keep your schedule light. It’s also best to avoid caffeine and alcohol immediately after the session and to drink plenty of water.
All our needles are single-use, pre-sterilised and are disposed of by appropriate local clinical waste services.
Our acupuncture treatments can be combined with a prescription for Chinese medicinal herbs.
For detailed research about the efficacy of acupuncture, please click https://acupuncture.org.uk/about-acupuncture/fact-sheets/
Chronic and acute lower back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain. Sciatic pain. Symptoms of arthritis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis.
Hay fever, asthma, thyroid disease such as Grave’s and Hashimoto’s disease, myasthenia gravis, Sjogren’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
GYNEALOGICAL & OBSTETRICS
Pre-menstrual syndrome, painful periods, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, habitual miscarriage, fibro-cystic, morning sickness, insufficient lactation (breast milk), post-natal depression, post-natal weakness and debility.
Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, Bi-polar disorder, fatigue, emotional instability (anger, irritability, frustration, worry)