Acupuncture originated in China around three thousand years ago and it has been developed and refined over many centuries. This gentle, safe and effective healing system is now used worldwide as a means of helping to restore, promote and maintain good health and wellbeing.
Importantly body, mind and spirit are seen as interdependent aspects of a person and good health depends on them being in balance. Pain and illness are signs of imbalance, which happens when the body's Qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. This can be for many reasons with emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury amongst the most common causes.
The overall aim of acupuncture is to restore mind-body equilibrium. It can be used to help with a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions, either on its own or alongside conventional Western medicine and physical therapies.
A key strength of acupuncture is its focus on the person as a whole. Treatment is tailored to meet each patient's needs and to address the underlying cause of their condition, not just individual symptoms. Extremely fine, single-use, sterile needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body to re-establish the free flow of Qi, restore balance and stimulate the body's natural healing response to help ease pain and promote recovery.
Who has acupuncture?
Many of my patients have found acupuncture helpful for improving their health and wellbeing; also for alleviating acute and chronic pain and distress arising from:
- headache and migraine
- back and joint issues
- other musculoskeletal problems like tennis elbow and frozen shoulder
- poor sleep and daytime fatigue
- anxiety, stress, low mood
- side-effects of cancer treatments
- digestive issues such as IBS
- menstrual and menopause-related problems
- as well as a variety of other health conditions
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective as a stand-alone treatment, also when combined with conventional medicine, or with physical therapies like physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massage.
How can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial in helping with various types of illnesses and injuries - from clearly defined symptoms of pain and discomfort to more general feelings of ill health, reduced energy and low mood. Take a look at the BAcC research fact sheets to find out more about how acupuncture may be able to help you.