Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that has over 3,000 years of history. In China, acupuncture is practised along side of western medicine in hospitals and doctors of both discipline often cross refer patients to obtain the optimum treatment results.
Chinese people grew up with the basic understanding of Chinese medicine and the type of conditions acupuncture is suitable for. In the west, acupuncture is often the last resort after exhausted every other therapies. However in recent years, public awareness on acupuncture in the UK has improved and more and more people start benefiting from this traditional therapy.
There has been increasing number of studies on acupuncture to demonstrate it’s scientific relevance for clinical practice. Please read the research page for the latest developments on acupuncture. The National Health Service (NHS) uses acupuncture in many general practices, treatments, often provided by healthcare practiitoners who have completed a short crash course on dry needling (trigger point acupuncture). It is advisable to seek treatment from a traditional Chinese acupuncturist who is trained to use diagnostic methods based on Chinese medicine theories for the full benefit of this healing method. Click here to read more about my acupuncture training and experience.
Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell.
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. Being a natural therapy without very little side effects, acupuncture is the idea treatment for expectant mothers when suffering from pregnancy related symptoms. There has also been an steady increase of demand from couples in support of assisted reproduction such as In vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) .
For those who simply do not like the thought of needles there are alternative ways of treatment such as cupping, Tui Na (Chinese message by applying pressure on acupuncture points, Chinese hebal medicine and moxabustion (stimulating acupuncture points by heating the point with penetrating herbs from a safe distance, particularly useful in the case of turning babies in breeched presentations). Please visit my blog and the testimonals page to see how others have benefited from having acupuncture treatment.