Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that involves treating patients by stimulating energy channels within the body with fine, solid needles that are inserted into the skin to restore balance and activate the body’s natural healing ability.
How does Acupuncture work?
Traditional acupuncture theory is premised on the concept of Qi that is often seen as an energy or life force. The flow of Qi can be affected by a number of factors including physical trauma, our diet, weather conditions and our emotions.Â It may become disturbed, depleted or blocked. This can result in some symptoms of pain and illness.
Treatment manipulates the flow of Qi within our bodies in different ways to induce a therapeutic effect.Â By working on the energetic level, the physical or material level can be directly affected. The underlying energetic component has to be addressed in order to treat the root cause of the problem. By harmonising the flow of Qi, a balance is achieved throughout the body, leaving a feeling of general wellbeing, as well as alleviating the original problem.
What happens in a session?
When you arrive for your first appointment, the practitioner will use a number of different diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue. Based on this information, a diagnosis will be made, and with comprehensive knowledge and additional research a personal treatment plan will be compiled. Â Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms as well as your underlying energy pattern. Other techniques such as cupping may also be recommended and undertaken, with informed consent.
How can Acupuncture help?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials. These include:
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Biliary colic
- Facial pain
- Induction of labour
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of foetus, correction of
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
Further information, including fact sheets detailing the summaries of research for how acupuncture can help with a wide range of individual conditions, can be found on the British Acupuncture Council (BacC) website.
Therapists offering acupuncture
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