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

Acupuncture works best as a course of regular treatments.

Depending on your condition you are more likely to get better and improve more quickly if you come for treatment once or twice a week for 1-2 weeks and then continue on a weekly basis for the remainder of your treatment plan.

For acute cases you should see a significant improvement within 6 treatments, for chronic cases you should see a significant improvement within 10 treatments.  Fertility treatment may take longer and we recommend weekly treatment for at last 3 menstrual cycles.

After your first treatment the practitioner will be able to give you a better idea of the course of treatment that is right for you.

Once you have completed your treatment plan you should come for monthly top-up treatments to prevent your symptoms from returning and to optimise your health.

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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