Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin at specific points, especially to cure disease, relieve pain, or promote healing.
Acupuncture is currently recommended by the UK’s National Institute Of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of lower back pain, chronic pain and tension-type headaches.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is routinely used to maintain health and can be used to treat any health problem, so is quite different from the Western medical system which looks to treat symptoms and disease.
What can Acupuncture be used for?
Our practitioner is often contacted by and treats those with:
- Pain of any kind
- Fertility problems
- Cancer diagnoses
- Skin conditions
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture points can be accessed by the insertion of very fine needles into the skin. This is done after very careful questioning and assessment of the patient by a trained TCM practitioner and is generally quite painless, although it can give a range of sensations similar to a static shock or tingle. Whilst the needles are in place many people feel a deep sense of relaxation and this an continue after they have been removed.
How is Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture different?
This form of acupuncture goes back thousands of years, yet is very relevant in modern life as its aim is to restore balance. The viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that illness or disease are all caused by the body being out of balance whether this is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
Treatment with acupuncture seeks to improve the quality and flow of “Qi” throughout the body which is a vital energy or life force. As the condition improves so might the feeling of overall wellbeing.