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Acupuncture is the time tested therapy that has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years.

The philosophy behind the treatment is that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain our energy flow or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). It is when this qi is impaired through the body that imbalance and illness occurs. With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. In this way the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.

The flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of the acupuncture treatment and it this that helps allow the body to re balance itself.

Blocked energy can manifest itself in areas that are painful or are particularly cold or hot, or a different colour. These signs can help determine which points are most suitable.

Western medicine has different opinions on how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However. today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, for a range of disorders, in many areas of the world.

Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or tuina.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • provides drug-free pain relief from a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, treating the body, mind and spirit.
  • assists in the prevention of disease and the maintenance of general well-being

The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a numb, tingling, or dull aching sensation which lasts only for a few moments. Most patients are obviously a little anxious before their first session but are pleasantly surprised at how painless it is and how relaxed they feel after.

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The modern pace of living has a dramatic effect on our health. Acupuncture may be beneficial for a wide range of conditions in particular those stemming from long working hours, poor posture, bad or irregular diet, high levels of stress, lack of sleep and reduced energy levels. For further information on acupuncture and the conditions it can treat please go to British Acupuncture Council website.

If you’re feeling out of sorts or in need of a boost, you may still get real benefits.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulated the production of endorphins and serotonin. These are chemicals in the brain responsible for well being and happiness.

Over 2 million acupuncture treatments are given in the UK each year. It is an extremely safe form of medicine with few, if any, side effects. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can benefit: sciatica, knee and back pain both acute and chronic, headaches, joint pain, menstrual pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and arthritis.

Acupuncture is frequently used in promoting natural fertility and preparing the body for pregnancy and birth. Whether you are planning to conceive naturally or through assisted conception, Acupuncture may help.

Acupuncture may assist in a variety of common conditions occurring during pregnancy and may offer help in induction of labour.

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Moxibustion is the use of a dried Chinese herb called Moxa (or Mugwort).
Cupping is an ancient heat therapy which applies bell-shaped cups to the skin.
Auricular Acupuncture
This is also known as Ear Acupuncture. The outer ear has over 200 acupuncture points which help relieve many complaints and conditions.
Electro Acupuncture
Electro-acupuncture adds a modern element to the ancient principles of acupuncture.
Tuina (pronounced "twee na", literal meaning ‘push’ and ‘grasp’) is a form of treatment using Chinese bodywork techniques