What is Traditional Acupuncture?

Practised for more than 2000 years in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health. The ancient Chinese made a remarkable discovery that a tiny needle placed outside the body can have an extraordinary effect on the inside of the body. The aim of Acupuncture is to stimulate the bodies own healing system and restore its natural balance, this is accomplished by inserting very fine needles the thickness of a hair into specific locations, aiming the treatment not just at the symptoms but also the root of the condition.

How does acupuncture work?

Oriental perspective:

By inserting needles at specific areas known as acupuncture points along meridians or pathways of the body, effects the bodies energy system known in Chinese medicine as Qi (pronounced Chee). These points have a specific function which are associated with the internal organs.These regulate the flow of Qi and Blood, Yin and Yang thus tonifying deficiency and clearing excess, Rebalancing the body and restoring health from illness or supporting well being. 

Western perspective:

Stimulation of the peripheral nerves in the skin causes a cascade of physiological changes. Acupuncture stimulates chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters which are released by the brain and organs to influence the self regulating systems of the body. Used primarily for pain relief it increases the body's natural pain killers releasing endorphin and serotonin in the pathways of spinal cord and brain. 

How can acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture is a tried and tested form of health care and is used in many countries alongside Western medicine. Treatment can be directed at a specific condition, or general feelings of ill health.

Traditional acupuncture focuses on the route of the condition as well as the symptom. Thanks to clinical research Acupuncture is being proven to show how effective it can be, proving what the Chinese have known for thousands of years that it can be effective for a number of condition that don't respond well to conventional medicine.

As acupuncture grows in the West to maintain wellbeing, clinical medical trials are now scientifically proving its effectiveness. For more information on medical trials for specific conditions, click on research.

In 2009, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early persistent non-specific lower back pain.

Increasingly, women are choosing to have acupuncture to support them through fertility treatments, pregnancy, labour and post-birth.