Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is noted for its potential to relieve pain, some people will seek treatment as a preventative measure, to help strengthen their constitution or because they feel anxious, stressed or generally unwell.

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Traditional Acupuncture is a twenty-first century healthcare system which has been developed, researched and refined for over 2,500 years.  Its roots are within ancient Chinese Medicine, but each year in the United Kingdom, 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are now carried out.

 

The trained Acupuncturist will use ultra-fine, sterilized, disposable needles to bring the vital energy within the body back into equilibrium.

 

Pain and illness are viewed as signs that the whole body is out of balance and, rather than focusing on isolated symptoms, the traditional Acupuncturist will treat the whole person.

 

Importantly, all symptoms are considered in relation to each other and these could arise from a combination of physical, mental and emotional aspects of the individual’s life.

Common conditions treated

With its expanding body of evidence-based clinical research, showing that acupuncture can safely treat a wide range of common health issues, acupuncture has become one of the most popular complementary therapies. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.

 

In 2009, The National Institute for Health Care Excellence, NICE, recommended the use of acupuncture as a treatment for lower back pain, and in 2012 for migraines and tension type headaches.

 

Although acupuncture is noted for its potential to relieve pain, some people will seek treatment as a preventative measure, to help strengthen their constitution or because they feel anxious, stressed or generally unwell.  Acupuncture can be effective in addressing those ‘vague’ symptoms that can often be discounted as unimportant, but that do impact on the quality of a person’s life.  If in doubt, I'm happy to answer questions to see if acupuncture can help.  Send me an email or give me a call.

 

Common conditions treated: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions.html

 

 

Acupuncture training

I have undergone degree level training, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

 

I spent just under four years studying at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and was awarded his BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture by Kingston University. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council.

 

British Acupuncture Council registered Acupuncturists are examined in relevant aspects of conventional medicine, including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology.

 

This enables the professional acupuncturist to provide safe treatment and to recognize when it is appropriate to refer a patient on for other specialist care.

 

A useful introduction to Acupuncture can be found here http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/

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