What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the most respected, safe and effective complimentary therapies of today. Historically it is one vital component of a comprehensive system of healing, originating in China that dates back thousands of years.

How does the medical profession view Acupuncture?

In 2001 a House of Lords committee held an inquiry into the use of complimentary therapies. They classified acupuncture to be one of the five ‘acceptable’, well regulated therapies in the NHS. It has also been stated in the British Medical Journal that Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in treating nausea, back pain, migraines and tooth pain.

 

What conditions can Acupuncture be used to treat?

Acupuncture treats the ‘whole’ person rather than just the symptoms and patients can often find that a number of ailments benefit, not just the main complaint.

The holistic approach also means that I will take time to talk and diagnose your condition, which also gives you the opportunity to discuss anything that might be worrying you, whether you think it is related to your condition or not.

 For a list of conditions Acupuncture may benefit from please visit the British Acupuncture website please click here....!

How does it work?

In TCM, acupuncture is believed to work by correcting the balance of Qi in the body. Qi is the Life-force or Vital energy that flows through the channels, which are linked to the internal organs and 365-2000 acupoints in the body. Qi consists of two equal and opposite qualities – Yin and Yang, and it is when these two qualities become unbalanced that illness occurs.

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Should I tell my Doctor?

If you are having treatment from your Doctor, then I think it is appropriate that you tell them that you are having Acupuncture. If you decide to have regular acupuncture treatment, with your consent, I will also inform your GP of your treatment, and any progress you might experience.

What is the traditional Chinese view of Acupuncture?

The fundamental principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture is to look at the person holistically, without isolating different symptoms, taking all the signs and symptoms as one pattern of disharmony and therefore treating a wide range of mental, physical and emotional disorders.

 

Is it safe?

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is currently the largest and most respected of the five Acupuncture Associations in th UK. As a member of this association I have to follow a code of practice and ethics which requires a high standard of professionalism.

The needles used in the treatment are pre-packed and sterilised. They are used once then disposed of safely.

 

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