Acupuncture is a system of healing which draws on over two thousand years of experience from China and the Far East. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the body’s flow of energy. Illness can occur when the flow of energy around the body is blocked, or is uneven, and this causes symptoms.
By inserting fine needles at specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response to restore a healthy balance. Patients often have a sense of wellbeing after treatment, in addition to a reduction in their symptoms. This is because acupuncture treats the physical discomfort and the emotional state as a whole.
Acupuncture can assist with general pain management and a wide range of other conditions. Research shows that acupuncture can ease the symptoms of a wide range of ailments, including:
- Back ache
- Neck ache
- Rheumatic pain
It is widely believed that Acupuncture may help couples who are trying to concieve and also help throughout pregnancy for a range of symptoms including:
- Acupuncture during assisted conception; IVF, ICSI
- Morning sickness
- Breech position
- Inducing labour
The acupuncturist will ask questions about your symptoms, your medical history, and general questions about your diet and lifestyle in order to build a complete picture of your health. Then appropriate acupuncture points for your individual treatment can be selected.
Many people would like to try acupuncture but are put off because they assume it will be painful. Acupuncture needles have no resemblance to hypodermic syringes. They are solid and very fine – at least 15 needles can fit into one conventional hypodermic needle! Acupuncture treatment is gentle and insertion is painless and a tingling or dull ache may be felt briefly. All needles are sterilised single use disposable needles.
The number of treatments will depend on the patient, and the duration of symptoms. Most people experience a significant improvement in symptoms within four treatment sessions.
Research papers are available from the British Acupuncture Council website www.acupuncture.org.uk.
For more information see the link below from the British Acupuncture Council.