Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 2,000 years and is now widely accepted and used all over the world.
In an acupuncture treatment, ultra-fine needles are placed gently into tried and tested points on the body, treating pain and illness as signals that the body is ‘out of balance’. The aim of an acupuncture treatment is to help restore equilibrium by promoting the body’s ability to facilitate healing.
What makes Chinese medicine well suited to the modern world is that it recognises the physical, mental and emotional aspects of life are connected. Therefore, the focus in treatment is on the individual, not only on the illness, and all symptoms are taken into account. It is notable that the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effects of emotional stress on the body.
The theories and techniques of needling acupuncture points have been honed by more than two millennia of proven clinical experience, preserving Chinese medicine’s ancient roots. To develop our understanding of Chinese medicine for contemporary practice, there are a growing number of clinical studies around the world focusing on the neurological and hormonal responses of the body to acupuncture. Evidence-based research is investigating the benefits of acupuncture for many common ailments.
For factsheets on the latest research regarding conditions that acupuncture can treat, go to www.acupuncture.org.uk.
Can Acupuncture Help me?
Most people choose to have acupuncture for a broad array of common health conditions and you can look at examples of some of these in the articles listed to the top right of this page.
Each patient’s treatment will be different and many people return to acupuncture again and again as they find it beneficial and relaxing.
I have been going to acupuncture regularly for the last five years, due to a long term health condition. I have had fewer infections, felt stronger, had higher energy levels and the pain I used to experience has almost completely disappeared. The trips to the doctor have considerably reduced. I have also found acupuncture has helped me to feel less anxious and remain calm during difficult times. I couldn’t recommend Charmian enough, she has been fantastic. – Tessa (34).
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