It is with great pleasure that, as well as providing acupuncture treatments in Nettlebed GP surgery, I can now offer treatment in Brightwell. As a way of introducing this service I thought it might be helpful to answer some frequently asked questions about acupuncture.
What is Traditional Acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back two thousand years. It has a positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium.
Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain occur when the body's qi (pronounced “chi”), or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this including infection or injury, emotional and physical stress, and poor nutrition. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response. Recent scientific advances in Western medicine have shown that physiological changes occur in the body during acupuncture treatments.
What can it be used for?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific conditions eg. muscle or joint pain, fertility issues, migraine, and nausea. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including children and it can be used alongside conventional medicine. In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended acupuncture as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
More information on current research into the effectiveness of acupuncture can be found on www.acupuncture.org.uk or by talking to me.
Is it safe?
Yes. The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that acupuncture is a safe therapy. The needles used are single-use, sterile, and disposable.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much narrower than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the ultra-fine needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache but it shouldn’t hurt.
Can I try it?
Please call for details on 07851 326 885.
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