Hello and welcome. Here you will find information about acupuncture that will help you to decide if this age-old health system is right for you.
You may have heard that acupuncture can be effective in treating pain-related conditions. For example, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on best practice now recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain.
But you may not be aware that acupuncture can effectively treat a range of problems, including stress-related headaches and migraines, osteo-arthritis of the knee and digestive disorders such as nausea, but to name a few. View research >
The beauty of acupuncture is that it is a system that treats the person, not just the condition which one has, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and helps them to feel their best.
Acupuncture works to help maintain your system’s equilibrium. By using very fine needles at specific points on the body it regulates the flow of your body’s vital energy, or ‘Qi’ (pronounced “chee”). When Qi is in abundance and is flowing smoothly through us we thrive and our health is at its best. However once the flow is interrupted, is in meagre supply or is lacking in quality, subtle distress signals arise.
This may affect you on a physical level but you may also feel compromised on more of an emotional level, possibly leaving you feeling vulnerable or just not yourself. A properly trained acupuncturist can pick up on these changes, often before they cause illness, pain and disease.
One of the main differences between Chinese medicine and conventional Western medicine is the belief that emotions and climatic factors can cause a sense of “dis-ease” that can affect the entire living system. Of equal importance, Chinese medicine places great emphasis on the individual so that even though two people may suffer from the same complaint, the underlying imbalance causing it can be different, reflecting the unique circumstances of each person.