What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment technique practised in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years. It encourages the natural self-healing response by inserting fine needles on specific parts of the body.
The fundamental concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the balance of energies. It is an idea that the world is composed of opposite but complementary energies, which are called Yin and Yang. Yin means “the shady side of a hill” in Chinese and Yang means “the sunny side of a hill”. It is believed that those energies naturally seek a balance with each other. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we believe that human being is a part of universe and we see the body as a microcosm. Our bodies are also naturally seeking a balance to live well.
We are all energetically connected to each other as we are influenced by climate change, people around us and the situations we are in. Physical health and mental health are also connected. If there is an imbalance in the body, we feel pain and/or uncomfortableness. The body tells us to fix the imbalance. Acupuncture stimulates parts of the body that needs to restore the energy balance by encouraging smooth energy flow.
That is why acupuncture treats the person as a whole, and not just the symptoms (Holistic Approach). Acupuncture treatment is tailored for each person (Individual Approach) as everyone is different and is influenced by different factors.
Is Acupuncture safe?
The needles used in acupuncture treatments are very fine, single-use and sterile disposable. Most people don’t feel the needles or feel very little pain when they are inserted.
Acupuncture is generally very safe and adverse events are rare. Some people experience tiredness after the treatment, pain where the needles puncture the skin, subcutaneous bleeding or bruising, but all of them are mild and short-term.
If you have any concerns about needling, please feel free to contact me. I will start slowly and gently until you become confident with the treatment.
What can Acupuncture do?
Currently the NHS recommends acupuncture only for chronic pain, chronic tension-type headache and migraines, but there is growing evidence that acupuncture can help people with other symptoms, such as musculoskeletal pain, gynaecological issues, urinary issues, digestive issues and psychological problems.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which acupuncture has been proven effective by controlled trials. These include:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Knee pain, Neck pain, Lower back pain, Sciatica, Tennis elbow, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Morning sickness, Induction of labour, Malposition of fetus
Biliary colic, Renal colic