What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one component of the
ancient system of Chinese medicine. Though the underlying
mechanism is not understood, acupuncture works by stimulating
points on the surface of the body that affect bodily
processes or, in some cases, specific systems. Acupuncture
is among the most researched of the complementary medical
systems and for some people can enhance the effectiveness
of allopathic (Western medical) therapies for many chronic
conditions. It is most often used in the West for control
Does it Hurt?
Generally not, many patients feel relaxed
during and after treatment although some points can
give a slight discomfort.
Are the needles clean?
The best practice among acupuncturists
in America today is to use sterilized, individually
packed, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved
and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the
possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by
What can it Treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety
of conditions; back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritic
conditions, sports injuries, stress, anxiety, gastrointestinal
and gynecological problems, skin disorders can all be
treated. It is also used to correct disharmonies or
ill health caused by Stress, Anger, Grief, Infections,
Hereditary Factors and Trauma.
What does Treatment
During the first consultation a full medical history
is taken followed by an examination using conventional
medical techniques and also Traditional Chinese diagnosis,
which uses the pulses of the wrist and looking at the
tongue to assess the condition of the ‘meridians’
or energy lines in the body. During this consultation
the first treatment is given to the patient. Once the
diagnosis is established the treatment plan is decided
and appointments are 45 minutes to one hour long.
Treatment uses fine needles inserted
shallowly into the skin to stimulate the energy flow/Qi.
The position of these needles will depend on the condition
being treated. The needles are either inserted for a
second or two or left in for up to twenty minutes.
Treatment often produces rapid improvement,
but in most cases may take a few treatments. Many patients
use Acupuncture as a Preventative measure after being
cured of their symptoms, coming 3 or 4 times a year
to maintain full health.
Who can have Acupuncture?
Anyone can have Acupuncture regardless of age or illness.
Treatment can be used in conjunction with Western drug
Is it Safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment if practiced
correctly. It does not tend to give any side effects
and the Clinic always use 'single use' pre-sterilised
needles, which are disposed of after each treatment.