“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease”. – Hippocrates
What is acupuncture?
You probably understand that there is a link between your physical, mental and emotional health. If you have a problem with one area, it is likely that the other two will be affected. Acupuncture looks at pain and illness as signs that your body is out of balance. It’s a comprehensive health care system whose aim is to restore your body’s equilibrium so you feel physically, mentally and emotionally balanced.
When you come and see us, we look at the signs and symptoms that your body shows us – such as the temperature, colour, swelling and pain of your body. We can help you with specific disorders and, crucially, if you just have a vague feeling of not feeling quite right.
When you have acupuncture, fine sterile needles are inserted on specific points on your body with the aim of helping your body function to the best of its ability.
How acupuncture can help
Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of conditions some of which are listed below.
- Anxiety and Stress
- Back, Neck and Shoulder pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Hay fever and Sinusitis
- Menstrual Disorders
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Pregnancy related issues
Electro-acupuncture is the term used to refer to the application of a pulsating current to acupuncture needles. Electro-acupuncture uses two needles a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time. The vibration of the electrical current stimulates blood flow and can help to warm the muscles and ease pain.
Auricular or ear acupuncture is a form of complementary therapy based on the idea that the ear is a micro system with the entire body represented on the auricle. The points are located on the outer ear.
Auricular acupuncture is often used when clients are detoxing from addiction, including stopping smoking. Please see our listing on Quitza.
A 73 year old man came to see us, suffering from terrible knee pain. He had fallen on his knee about a month ago and his knee was painful, stiff and swollen. It also felt warm to the touch. He had been taking anti-inflammatories but the pain didn’t diminish. He was an active person and found it upsetting that he was incapable of following his normal exercise routine. After the first treatment the pain and stiffness were greatly improved and the swelling went down. After three more treatments there was some residual stiffness in the morning but he was back to his normal active life. “I can’t get over how quickly acupuncture has worked for my knee. I am telling everyone I know about this. This is great”.
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For more general information about acupuncture please visit the British Acupuncture Council.
If you would like to find out more about specific conditions please see the Research Fact Sheet on the British Acupuncture Council site. These provide summaries of research on a wide range of conditions and how acupuncture may be beneficial.