What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, the contemporary practice of an ancient technique. 

Acupuncture is an effective therapy for many health conditions and works by encouraging the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. 

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years as an integral part of Chinese Medicine. According to Chinese philosophy, our physical health is dependent on the balanced flow of qi, the universal life force. The smooth flow of qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, amongst them; emotional stress such as anger/fear or grief, an individual's hereditary or genetic disposition, and outside influences such as nutrition, diet, infection and trauma.

Increasingly modern western medicine is validating the effectiveness of acupuncture for a number of conditions, and research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. 

By stimulating the nerves in skin and muscle, with fine needles, acupuncture produces a variety of effects. It can increase the body's release of natural painkillers and neurotransmitters, like endorphin, dopamine and serotonin, in the pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. These changes can affect the way pain signals are received and can change a person's perception of both pain and sense of self and emotion. Acupuncture is effective in more than just reducing pain; patients often notice other symptoms improving with an improved sense of health and well-being following treatment. 

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments available in the UK today. Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

What happens during the appointment?

Each patient will be assessed carefully, following professional standards of healthcare, then each treatment is tailored to the individual following traditional and contemporary diagnostic methods. During an acupuncture treatment fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies from two or three, up to as many as twenty.

Will acupuncture hurt?

Surprisingly acupuncture is not painful and patients generally experience a deep feeling of relaxation both during and after the treatment.

How many appointments will I need?

Treatment tends to be once or twice a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions. Some conditions, such as pain or anxiety, will respond immediately.

Patients often return for acupuncture at varying intervals after their condition has improved to maintain their health and general well-being. 

Will you prescribe herbal medicine?

Your individual condition will be reviewed in detail and you will receive personal advice regarding a treatment plan. Chinese herbal medicine works well with acupuncture for many conditions, but you will not necessarily need to take medicine.  




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