How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, the practice dates back over 2000 years and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions (see below).

Nick commonly see’s patients with multiple concurrent health issues for which they have been referred to a number of different specialists and may be taking a number of different, sometimes contradictory medications. People are often left confused and frustrated with what’s going on with their health! Often without a coherent diagnosis or treatment plan and with feelings of being somewhat abandoned by the western medical system.

In Acupuncture practice we aim to diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem and address it within the context of the whole body. By helping to restore the body to a state of homeostasis and internal balance, we can engage the body’s innate healing and immune response so the body is able to heal itself.

More than ever people are feeling out of sync with their body and their environment, stressed, overworked and permanently run down. This can lead to a large range of health issues from chronic headaches, digestive disorders to anxiety or hormonal imbalances.

The majority of patients report feeling extremely relaxed during and after treatments and leave feeling energised, rejuvenated and with significantly lower stress levels.

Acupuncture has been shown to directly affect every physiological system in the body. By increasing circulation and regulating the nervous system Acupuncture can improve the body’s innate healing and immune response.

For more information, please see our article; ‘How does Acupuncture work?‘ in the articles section.


What can Acupuncture help with?

There is an increasing amount of research on the safe use of Acupuncture treatment. The research on the effectiveness of Acupuncture naturally differs according to each specific condition and new studies are constantly coming out showing the potential benefits of Acupuncture for treating various conditions. Acupuncture is unanimously recognised as a safe treatment which has been found to produce little to no adverse side effects. The list bellow shows conditions we commonly see in our Clinics;

  • Musculo-skeletal Pain;
    • Back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Sciatica
    • Knee Pain
    • Sports Injuries
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Auto-immune disorders such as MS and Crohn’s disease
  • Arthritis, Osteo and Rheumatoid
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Cancer support and recovery
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Digestive Disorders such as IBS
  • Breathing and Respiratory disorders such as Asthma and congested Sinuses
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High and Low Blood Pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances and Gynecological issues such as Painful Menstruation, PMT, Endometriosis
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • General Pain Management
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Neuralgia and Neuropathy
  • Recurrent Urinary-tract Infections

For more information on the most up to date research for specific your condition please see the British Acupuncture Council Research Page and the Evidence Based Acupuncture Research Page. To find out if we can help you or for more information please feel free to get in touch

The Mind, Emotions and The Nervous System

An example of facial Acupuncture points which can be used to treat conditions such as facial paralysis, migraines and congested sinuses

An example of facial Acupuncture points which can be used to treat conditions such as facial paralysis, migraines and congested sinuses

Acupuncture has been shown to have an effect on relaxing and balancing the Nervous System. It is commonly used in the treatment of psycho-emotional conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.

It is common to find ourselves stuck in a default level of stress, the ‘fight or flight’ or ‘sympathetic’ nervous system state. Acupuncture aims to re-balance the nervous system and increase our ‘parasympathetic’ activity or rest response. This is crucial both for the reduction of stress and also for the body’s natural healing process and immune response.

The traditional Chinese healing arts reflect a holistic understanding of the human being; considering the relationship between the mind, body and our environment. For more information, please see our article; ‘How does Acupuncture work?‘ in the articles section.

Japanese and Chinese Styles of Acupuncture

An Acupuncture chart from the Qing dynasty

An Acupuncture chart from the Qing dynasty

Nick practices a combination of Chinese and Japanese style’s of Acupuncture depending on which techniques are most beneficial for the patient and their specific issue. In Japanese Styles the needling is often very gentle and we use very thin needles for practice. This can create a more relaxing experience for the patient and so can be especially useful for regulating the nervous system.

Alongside Acupuncture Nick also uses Cupping, Moxabustion and Massage therapy to treat various issues. Often a combination of therapies together is the most effective method of treatment and Nick will be able to advise you on which techniques are most appropriate.


Acupuncture for Healthcare

You do not have to have a specific injury or complaint to receive Acupuncture.

It is a comprehensive system of healthcare and preventative medicine in it’s own right. Many people come for regular maintenance treatments to help keep themselves in good health.

Acupuncture can have numerous health benefits including strengthening the immune system, regulating the nervous system, maintaining proper organ function, increasing circulation and energy levels, nourishing the tissues and invigorating the mind and body.

A weekly, monthly or quarterly session of Acupuncture and Massage is one of the most effective ways of preventing the onset of illness, reducing stress levels and leaving you feeling rejuvenated.


Is Acupuncture Safe?

Several large-scale studies have been conducted on the safety of Acupuncture. Considering all the possible risks of the treatment the studies repeatably demonstrate that Acupuncture is a safe therapy and serious adverse reactions are extremely rare.


History of Acupuncture


A painting of three famous Daoist Sages; Huang Di (The Yellow Emperor), Fu Xi and Shen Nong

The use of stone needles can be dated back to the end of the Stone Age period. These techniques developed throughout Chinese history where today we use pre-sterilized stainless steel needles to perform Acupuncture.

Acupuncture, along with Herbs, Massage and Qi Gong, has been one of the key pillars of medicine in China for thousands of years and continues to posses that status in modern Chinese hospitals today.

For more information on the ‘History of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine‘ please click here and feel free to browse our free articles.

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