Acupuncture is a form of physical therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been in use and refined over a period of more than 2,000 years. It involves using very fine needles to stimulate active points along established pathways to help smooth the ‘flow’ or communications and connection between different of the body organs and systems, restoring balance, and allowing your body to repair and revive itself naturally.
Interestingly, there are evidence that suggests that a similar form of treatment may have been used in ancient Europe over 5,000 years ago. The Tyrolian Iceman exhibits tattoo on his body that were located very close to Chinese acupuncture points and it was thought that the tattoos may have had therapeutic functions.
An acupuncture treatment may include other therapeutic techniques such as cupping, electro-acupuncture, guasha, and moxa. Click on the top right images for more detail.
Anyone can have acupuncture and many people find it helpful in relieving pain and treating a range of medical conditions. It is the most frequently used complementary therapy in the UK.
All relevant details of your health condition and your medical history will be taken before the treatment and occasionally, you may be referred to your GP for further investigation or treatment. I am happy to work with your GP and provide the information they need to make sure your treatment is as effective as possible.
Children can also have acupuncture. However, anyone under 16 years old will need parental or an authorised guardian consent, along with the patient's own.
Some private health insurance companies do offer cover for traditional acupuncture. Therefore, if you have private health insurance, you should check your individual policy details.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. There are very few side effects when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting. (British Acupuncture Council, 2011).
It is perfectly fine to have treatment along side other forms of therapy and it does not interfere with any forms of medication. Traditionally, it is sometimes used alongside herbal medicine to aid absorption and healing.
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