what is acupuncture

Acupuncture is a system of healing that originated in China several thousands of years ago and it is used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s energy or Qi moving in a smooth and balanced way along channels in the body. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, including emotions, injury, age, lifestyle and even the weather.

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that focuses on treating the whole person rather than just the disease. Consequently, patients may have more energy, confidence, improved sleep and feel less stressed overall as a result of treatment.

Why have acupuncture

Some people chose to have acupuncture because they want a natural approach to managing an illness. Others have treatment as a preventative measure or to help them manage a busy and stressful life. Some people are suffering with ill health but have been unable to find the cause or a solution and some have tried everything else and have come as a last resort.

What can it treat

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and many health professionals are happy to recommend it to their patients.

Clinical practice and clinical studies have shown acupuncture’s effectiveness in helping a wide range of conditions, including the following:

  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Gynaecological issues
  • Male and female infertility, pregnancy and post-natal support
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and acne
  • Circulation problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Mental and emotional issues such as anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression
  • Urogenital problems
  • Support during cancer treatments

If you would like to know more about a specific health concern then please contact us.

How many treatments will you need

This will always depend on the individual but as a general rule we would hope to see a significant improvement within 4-6 weeks.  This means coming to the clinic every week to start with but as symptoms improve treatments would become less frequent.

However, some acute conditions may improve almost immediately whilst some chronic conditions may take much longer.  Your practitioner will discuss your ongoing treatment needs at the end of each consultation.

Is it safe

We are all members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and therefore must observe a Code of Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene for all clinical equipment and only permits the use of sterile, single-use needles.  These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health.

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