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Originating in the Far East, Acupuncture is a method of treating the whole body using specific points, and is based on tried and trusted Chinese methodology. The principles of treatment use stimulation of specific points that promote healing and other effects known in Chinese traditional medicine.

The fact that Acupuncture is still used today is a testament to how effective it is. In China, Acupuncture is a mainstream treatment and is often used instead of, or alongside Western Medicine.

Acupuncture PictureIn terms of Chinese medicine, health is when the body can respond and function appropriately. Accidents, illnesses and pressure from work or family situations can all disrupt the normal functioning of the body.

This is where acupuncture can help to restore that balance. Acupuncture differs from Western ‘Dry Needling’ in that it only uses a few needles in the right places to bring about changes in the patient's health. The needles used for Acupuncture do not need to be hollow like an injection needle so they are much thinner. Often patients do not feel when the needle is inserted, but patients feel an ache or a pulling sensation when the acupuncturists manipulate the needle to connect with the energy of the acupuncture point.

Sometimes the practitioner will use moxibustion which is the burning of a Chinese herb on the needle or close to the skin. This warms the area and stimulates circulation.

Acupuncture is very beneficial to those people who have severe pain and cannot bear to be touched in the affected area, or to people for whom prescribed drugs are inappropriate or ineffective. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating both chronic and acute conditions. Many people know that it is good for pain relief, but it is also used for many other conditions, including:

  • Headache
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stopping smoking
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Anxiety

An Acupuncturist aims to treat the whole person. A thorough diagnosis is carried out at the first consultation, which involves talking and discussing the main health concerns, as well as other aspects of health. The practitioner takes your pulse and may also look at your tongue. The diagnosis enables the practitioner to understand your condition and tailor a treatment to meet your needs.

Specific points are selected to relieve pain and to stimulate the body to re-balance and heal itself. As the body re-balances, patients often report that they have more energy and motivation, are sleeping better or have a feeling of well-being.

Acupuncture is not a quick fix, but the results are longer lasting. Although some people respond very quickly, in some cases it is necessary to have a course of six treatments at weekly intervals. Some people also benefit from maintenance treatments.

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