Acupuncture is one of the most popular and well-established forms of complementary medicine in the UK. It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that’s been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture is used for a wide range of physical ailments including nausea (particularly postoperative), arthritis, hay fever, asthma, osteoarthritis, neuralgia, high blood pressure, skin conditions, infertility, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, insomnia, prostate problems and pain of all kinds (such as headache, low back pain, neck pain etc). It is also thought to be helpful for emotional problems, including anxiety and depression, and is often used to treat alcohol and smoke addiction.
Acupuncture works by stimulating certain points (called acupoints) of the body surface through needling, the flow of vital energy (called Qi) and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated. The practitioner first selects appropriate acupoints based on identified health problems. Then very fine and thin needles are inserted into these acupoints. The practitioner will leave the needles in place normally for about thirty minutes. The use of needles is virtually painless. We use only sterilized disposable needles so there is no risk of infection.
Other therapy such as cupping (placing metal or glass suction cups on the skin to increase circulation) may be used according to identified health problems.