Traditional Acupuncture - a natural healing art
Traditional acupuncture is one of the worlds oldest system of medicine developed and refined for over 2,000 years. The British Acupuncture Council has over 3,000 members with an estimated three million practitioners worldwide.
The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium. The main principal of traditional acupuncture is the treatment of the whole person including the complaint, often referred to as 'holistic'. Treating holistically helps symptoms and any underlying imbalance which may be contributing to the illness or disease. Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms both physical and psychological.
The affect of acupuncture however is not simply relief from a condition but an improvement in overall well-being; increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life. The ‘overall well-being’ is particularly relevant for those, while not feeling that they are classically ‘sick’, are aware that they are unwell or ‘out of sorts’. A person may benefit from treatment and the restoration of well-being without necessarily having a named illness.
Treatment involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, disposible needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy. Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, although it is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache around the point of insertion, which is temporary. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.
What Conditions Does Acupuncture Help?
In recent years, acupuncture has become recognised in the West for its ability to address chronic and debilitating conditions, in addition to the treatment of pain. The British Acupuncture Council provides accurate and unbiased information for a variety of conditions and holds reasearch papers on a wide range of complaints. Their web site is currently undergoing a major upgrade and not all information is yet available. Please follow this link to read more about the scope of Acupuncture.
To obtain summaries of research and fact sheets for any of the below health complaints and the effectiveness of acupuncture visit https://acupuncture.org.uk/about-acupuncture/fact-sheets/ alternatively you can contact me to discuss specific areas you are interested in.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds and flu
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Post-traumatic stress disorder