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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing system which has been used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses for thousands of years. It has always been a holistic therapy which recognises the links  between a persons body, mind and spirit.

In addition to treating specific symptoms connected to various physical and psychological conditions it can also be used to improve the overall well being of a patient and thus act as a preventative measure against further illnesses.

There are about 500 acupuncture points on the body of which around 100 are most commonly used. Stimulation of these different  points affects the functioning of various areas of the body/mind and the internal organs; the acupuncture points being used may not necessarily be close to the area of pain or discomfort. 

What does treatment entail?

Very fine (and painless) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points on the skin which can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help to restore its natural balance. This has also been shown to cause the release of our own natural pain killers, endorphin and serotonin.

The needles are inserted for a second or two or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience a heaviness of the limbs and a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints such as back and neck ache, headaches, dental pain etc.  through to more general feelings of ill health such as low energy or nausea. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is virtually painless due to the fact that the needles are so much finer than those used in injections and for blood tests. Sometimes a tingling or electrical sensation is felt or more rarely a dull ache when the needle is inserted. The treatment usually leaves the patient with a feeling of relaxation and calm.

What will happen on my first visit?

Your first visit will be slightly longer than subsequent ones. A full medical history will be taken in which you will be asked all about your current symptoms and what aggravates or relieves them, the treatment you have received so far, the  medical history of your close family, your diet, sleeping patterns and any other relevant facts. You will normally be asked to remove some clothing, depending on where the problem is, for  examination.

Pulses on both wrists are likely to be felt in order to assess the energy flow within the body and their quality, rhythm and strength are noted. The colour, structure and coating of the tongue may also be used as a guide to physical health.

If acupuncture treatment is appropriate then between 8-10 acupuncture needles will be inserted, usually on the forearms and lower legs to start with but also possibly on other parts of the body. Moxa, a smouldering herb used to gently warm the acupuncture points, may also be used to supplement the needle treatment. Massage and tapping of the points are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for those with a fear of needles.

If you are a little nervous and feel you would like to bring someone along with you to keep you company during  treatment, that is absolutely fine.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments needed varies from individual to individual. Normally you are recommended to receive treatment once a week to start with. As symptoms improve the treatments are spread out accordingly.

Some patients respond dramatically and only need one or two sessions, for others it is a more lengthy process.

What about Regulation?

It is most important when looking for an acupuncturist that he or she is registered with one of the regulatory bodies. The main regulatory body in the UK is the British Acupuncture Council. Their aim is to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times by maintaining the highest standards of acupuncture education, ethics, discipline and practice. Acupuncturists registered with the British Acupuncture Council carry the letters MBAcC after their name. The BAcC can be contacted via their web site at British Acupuncture Council or by phone at 020 8735 0400.