Traditional acupuncture originates from China over 2000 years ago. It still features prominently today in their mainstream healthcare as both a stand alone therapy, and combined with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture is now one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK.
Many people come for acupuncture to relieve pain or for help with specific symptoms. It can be effective for a wide range of conditions. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. While it can provide effective relief for acute conditions, traditionally acupuncture is a preventative medicine, and used to maintain good health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has endorsed the use of Acupuncture for many conditions including:
- back problems and sciatica pain relief
- anxiety, depression
- digestive problems
- pregnancy pre& post natal care
Chinese medicine treats the whole rather than isolated symptoms, Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition, as well as your symptoms. You may notice other problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.
In the first session, I take a full case history, and uses various diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. This includes a physical examination, reading your pulse, and looking at your tongue followed by diagnosis and your personal treatment plan.
Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms. Single use sterile needles are opened in front of you and safely disposed of after each treatment. Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needles are inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache.
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and can be used effectively along side conventional medicine. If you’ve been prescribed medication, it’s recommended you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. Always tell your acupuncturist about any medications and supplements you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. Acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP when appropriate.
The frequency and number of sessions depends on your condition. Change is usually noticeable after five or six sessions, or sometimes one or two treatments is enough. Many choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.A