What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originates from China and the East Asian area and has been practiced for thousands of years.
There are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe but it was during the second half of the twentieth century taht it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body. The needles are inserted to various depths and we know that it has therapeutic benefits such as:
- Pain relief
- Nausea relief (Chemotherapy or Pregnancy are two I see a lot)
- Fertility and IVF
- Sporting Injuries
- Mental Health
- Headache and Migraine
- General wellbeing
The focus is on you as an individual and not on your illness and your symptoms are seen in relationship with each other and how they impact on your life.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
The short answer is pretty much everything.
The long answer is that you need to establish a diagnosis using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which will sound very different from your doctor’s diagnosis.
I take a lot of time to make sure you understand your TCM diagnosis so you understand as much as possible.
Acupuncture’s use has been endorsed by:
- National Health Service (NHS)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
- United States Air Force.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes it is very safe and there are very few side effects of which the main ones are drowsiness an occasional bruising.
There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles and this carries a very low risk of serious adverse effects.
Acupuncture is available on the NHS but it’s a bit of a lottery and generally found in pain management clinics.
NICE recommends Acupuncture for Migraines, Headaches and Back Pain.
How does Acupuncture Work?
TCM theory states that acupuncture points are located on meridians through which Qi or vital energy runs.
By inserting needles or apply pressure we can stimulate or reduce the flow of Qi within these meridians depending if your condition is either deficient or excess.
Harmonising these energies help to bring your body and mind into harmony and restore health.