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Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world and in the UK there are currently over 2800 qualified acupuncturists registered with the British Acupuncture Council.

The Point of Acupuncture

Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include motional states such as anxiety, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. When the Qi is unbalanced, illness may result. The acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore its natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they
simply feel generally unwell. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children. It can also be used alongside
conventional medicine.

What happens when I go for treatment?

You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history,
your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist is also likely to feel
your pulses on both wrists, and may ask to look at your tongue. The acupuncturist points used are not always
closed to the part of the body where you experience the problem. For example, although you might suffer
from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

How many sessions will I need?

Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after
five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need
treatment over several months or long term. Your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice
a week at first.

What can acupuncture do for me?

Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly
defined complaints such as headaches, vomiting, neck ache, back and dental pain, more general feelings
of ill health or low energy.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.
Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on ocassion minor bruising
may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

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