FAQ for Acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. I may also use a smouldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points, and cupping therapy to ease muscular pain.
What to expect with acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture aims to rebalance the body, naturally boosting vitality and easing any tension and anxiety. It lasts approximately 45 minutes in duration. I will first take a detailed medical history to better understand the condition that you are coming with, this is an important step, and expect to answer a variety of questions about both your physical and sometimes emotional condition.
What does acupuncture treat?
An acupuncture practitioner treats lots of conditions, just like a GP might. My top treatments include acupuncture for back, neck and shoulder pain and acupuncture for fertility. I have a special interest in the treatment of the effect of bereavement: part of the wide spectrum of approaches of acupuncture for mental health including anxiety and depression. More information about conditions can be found here on my website.
Once your main complaint has been properly treated, I offer a special monthly treatment for keeping well. Overall my treatment aim to treat both symptoms and also the person themselves: to rebalance their energy, and ensure the person feels better in themselves: better from the inside out.
Is acupuncture safe?
This is a traditional acupuncture treatment; the form of which is very similar to treatment that has been practiced for the last twenty centuries in the East, and whose structure is based on the world’s longest unbroken medical literary tradition. It is an extremely safe technique, with very high standards of hygiene and training. Degree level training and continuing professional development ensure a professional approach.
Does acupuncture work?
In a word: yes! There is growing scientific evidence for the validity of the acupuncture approach for and number of conditions. For more on that please see the individual condition fact-sheets above. The NHS publishes a good review of current practice here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/
More details and links
Conventional medical approaches are extremely useful for complement the Chinese Medicine Approach. These routes are generally well known, but there is still a need for good information:
- An excellent resource for further information is www.patient.info
- Another excellent U.S. based resource is the Mayo Clinic for health advice.
Acupuncture: Traditional Acupuncture
Traditional acupuncture is what I practice, and is more or less the equivalent to those well developed methods used in China for centuries:
- The leading professional body is the British Acupuncture Council or BAcC and is available here: www.acupuncture.org.uk
- A really useful review in a UK national newspaper about the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture can be found here in the Guardian newspaper article "Is Acupuncture Effective?"
- A really thorough introduction to the subject found in usual Wikipedia style (with usual pro. and con. opinions) is here.
Acupuncture: Medical Acupuncture
These days increasing numbers of physiotherapists, osteopaths and medial doctors have been turning to acupuncture having seen clinical effectiveness. These resources describe this approach:
I have listed these more medically based approaches not because I recommend them, but for the purpose of completeness of information. For all problems, disorders and approaches, the traditional acupuncture route I practice is likely to offer the most complete, holistic and effective approach.
"Traditional Acupuncture: The original and best!"