Acupuncture

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body's equilibrium.

For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, our 'chee' (vital energy) can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of some pain and illness or disease. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Acupuncture works

Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.

Members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) practise acupuncture based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years. Alex is a fully licensed registered member of the BAcC.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

Feel free to contact the clinic to discuss your condition and any specific questions you may have.

What happens when I go for treatment?

Alex will use a number of different diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical and close family history - in complete confidence - reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue. Based on this information, a diagnosis is made and your personal treatment plan formed. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs and are safely disposed of after each treatment.

What does it feel like?

People are often surprised that the needles have been put in - they are as fine as hair. Only the very finest quality Japanese needles are used. During treatment patients commonly experience a pleasant tingling and general relaxation. The sessions are an ideal opportunity for you to take invaluable time for yourself.

Is it safe?

The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single-use, sterile, and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

As a fully licensed registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC 020 8735 0400) Alex is committed to maintaining your health and safety at all times.

What should I do before or after treatment?

It is advisable to not have treatment on either too full or too empty a stomach.

Don't drink alcohol before a treatment.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Try to avoid strenuous activities after treatment and carefully consider how you feel before driving home afterwards.

How many sessions will I need?

Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.

First consultation and treatment: (please allow) up to 90 minutes.

Follow-up treatments: 45 minutes.

What can acupuncture do for me?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventative measure, or to improve their general sense of wellbeing.

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS as a cost effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.

You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk. Please do contact the clinic to discuss your condition and any questions you may have.