What is it?

Traditional Acupuncture has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health.  It takes an holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance.  The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual and the acupuncture points selected will be specific to each patient’s needs.

Traditional Acupuncture can be used also as a preventative measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general wellbeing.

How does it work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) flows throughout the body along well-defined channels.  Points located at specific points along these channels are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems.  Disruption or obstruction to the flow of energy results in pain or illness.  The insertion of needles at precise acupuncture points restores the flow of energy along the channels, encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.

From a biomedical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of the body’s communication substances – hormones and neurotransmitters.  The resulting biochemical changes activate the body’s self-regulating homeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities and promoting physical wellbeing.

Who can benefit?

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains.  Some because they feel generally unwell, tired or lethargic.  Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.

Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to treat conditions such as dental pain, nausea and vomiting as well as give temporary relief to pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee and tension type headaches. 

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture treatment as an option for lower back pain.

The World Health Organization recognises the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, various forms of tendonitis, sciatica, lower back pain, headache, migraine, digestive disorders such as constipation and diarrhoea, urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems.

What Happens During an Acupuncture Session?

Acupuncture treatments take place in a calm, relaxed environment, with the patient lying on a massage couch.

Very fine, sterile, single-use needles are inserted carefully at specific points along the channels.  Once inserted needles can remain
in place for anything between 15 minutes to ½ an hour.  Treatments may include the use of aromatherapy, massage, cupping, electro stimulation and/or the application of heat lamp.  Lifestyle or dietary advice may be offered.

On the first visit, a thorough case history is taken to identify the pattern of disharmony.

Subsequent sessions include a brief consultation followed by an Acupuncture treatment.