Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that dates back some 2,000 years

It uses ultra fine sterile needles inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body along channels known as meridians through which energy (qi) flows.  Manipulation of these acupuncture needles elicits a sensation known as deqi.  This sensation often resembles a distending or throbbing feeling or an electrical impulse.

What can acupuncture do for you?

Acupuncture can help restore your body’s equilibrium.  In today’s modern life, it is uniquely suited to alleviate physical, emotional and mental stresses.  Taking a holistic approach, treatment focuses on the person and the relationship of the symptoms and not just their illness.  Based on the traditional view, acupuncture can remove obstructions to the flow of qi and blood and restore the harmonious relationship between the organs.  This naturally brings balance to the mind, body and spirit. 

A growing body of evidence-based research shows that TCM acupuncture can safely treat a wide range of common health problems.  It is now widely used and accepted by people all over the world including the UK’s National Health Service. 

Who can have acupuncture?

Many people get acupuncture treatment for all kinds of reasons.  It can be used to address certain health issues like back, neck or shoulder pain, arthritis, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, menstrual problems, infertility, skin problems, etc.  It can also be used as a preventative measure to maintain good health. 

acupuncture for health maintenance 

Health is a moving target and it can be very difficult to maintain an optimum state of health all the time.  With everyday modern life stresses, periods of emotional anxiety and workplace stress, can lead to nagging inconvenient and annoying symptoms.  Most of the time, these can resolve themselves, however, they can lead to general wear and tear and reduced immune response.  Acupuncture can help balance organs, move stagnation and be refreshing to both body and mind.  A treatment every three weeks, can help maintain health balance. 

To learn more, please visit the British Acupuncture Council