Acupuncture is the art by which the careful and relatively pain – free insertion of very fine needles helps restore health, reduce pain, and correct functioning in the body. It originated in China and the Far East over 7000 years ago.
The British Acupuncture Council have provided a list of research papers, which can be viewed here. Their list includes:
- Aches and Pains e.g. headaches, migraines, joints and muscles, chronic pains and pains of terminal diseases
- Emotional problems e.g. depression, anxiety, stress. It is extremely effective for relaxation
- Organ dysfunction e.g. hormone problems, metabolism, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Digestive problems e.g. gastric pains, indigestion, ulcers, excess acid
- Skeletal problems
- Respiratory problems e.g. bronchitis, asthma, hay fever, breathing difficulties
- Cardiovascular problems e.g. circulation, hypertension, oedema
- Urino-genital problems e.g. cystitis, prostatitis, renal colic
- Neurological problems e.g. trigeminal neuralgia, Bells Palsy, intercostal neuralgia, helps with complaints such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and ME
- Skin disorders e.g. eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, chilblains, allergies
- Ear, nose and throat problems e.g. sore painful eyes, rhinitis, sinusitis, vertigo
- Gynaecological problems e.g. PMT, infertility, menstruation problems, endometriosis, malposition of foetus, morning sickness
- Help with slimming and stopping smoking
- Helps with fear of flying
- Cosmetic acupuncture
- Hay fever relief
Who Can have Acupuncture:
Acupuncture can be used at any age. Naturally babies and children respond much quicker as their energy systems are more active than adults. It is extremely useful for pregnant women and studies have shown how effective it can be when treating the symptoms of morning sickness. Although certain acupuncture points must not be used during pregnancy, a qualified practitioner will know these and act accordingly.
This is one of many reasons why it is important to make sure your practitioner is registered with the BRITISH ACUPUNCTURE COUNCIL and the BRITISH ACUPUNCTURE ASSOCIATION.
Patients will not be asked to stop any medication they have been prescribed by their doctor. However, a full list of medication should be brought to the consultation. Acupuncture treatment combines well with many other therapies e.g. acupressure, osteopathy. Please advise both practitioners if you are receiving treatments at the same time.