Acupuncture Overview

Traditional Acupuncture is an ancient system of healthcare which has been used effectively for almost two thousand years. It is a very positive model of medicine, which integrates a patient’s physical, mental and emotional health, to provide a balancing treatment, restoring the whole body to equilibrium.

A fully qualified and registered acupuncturist will seek to re-establish the free flow of Qi or vital energy, by using ultra-fine sterile needles inserted into specific acupuncture points, triggering the body’s natural healing response.

Whether your pain is of a musculoskeletal (arthritis, back, shoulder and neck, headache, fibromyalgia), neuropathic (sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia), overuse (tendonitis) or visceral nature (irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis), acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system, causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes promote physical and emotional well-being, providing relaxation and reducing anxiety.

During your first appointment, the practitioner will take a comprehensive medical and lifestyle history, which will inform their diagnosis and assist in forming a treatment plan. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and crafted to a very high standard, they are sterile and single-use only. Needling an acupuncture point may sometimes provoke a physical response in a patient; a dull ache or tingling sensation may be felt, but it is fleeting and not everyone experiences this.

Your practitioner will then use a variety of therapies including needling, moxibustion (burning herbs), Gua Sha (Chinese massage) and cupping, to ensure that your condition is addressed in an individually tailored treatment plan, maximising the potential of your own body, to reduce pain and promote well-being.

For further information on acupuncture, contact the British Acupuncture Council at or telephone 020 8735 0400.

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