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What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of painful conditions and is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, for example:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Trapped Nerves
  • Chronic Muscle Strain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Arthritic Pain

Some other situations in which acupuncture might be used are:

  • Functional bowel of bladder problems such as IBS or irritable bladder, sometimes mild forms on urinary incontinence
  • Menstrual and Menopausal symptoms
  • Allergies such as hayfever and perennial allergic rhinitis, and some allergic rashes such as urticaria
  • Some other skin problems such as discrete rashes and ulcers, pruritus (itching), some forms of dermatitis and some of excessive sweating
  • Sinus problems and chronic catarrh
  • Stopping Smoking/Weight Loss

Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. It stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle and can produce a variety of effects.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) states that acupuncture increases the body's release of natural painkillers endorphin and serotonin in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain and that this modifies the way pain signals are received. However, it may also do more than reduce pain; it can have a beneficial effect on health and patients often notice an improved sense of well being after treatment.

Modern research shows that acupuncture may potentially affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone. hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Before commencing treatment, the practitioner should carry out all necessary tests, which might point to any serious or potentially serious condition that may require other forms of medical treatment. The practitioner will assess each patient's case and treatment will be tailored to the individual.

Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation; the number of needles varies but may be only two or three.

Why use the term 'medical acupuncture'?

Acupuncture originated from China, where it is used as one of a range of treatments provided in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine is often called TCM. TCM doctors have a very different way of looking at how the human body works. The TCM idea of disease and symptoms is hard to reconcile with our modern western knowledge of disease.

Many Western doctors accept that acupuncture treatment does work in a wide range of conditions and for a variety of patients. However, our modern medical knowledge makes it very hard for Western doctors to accept the teaching of TCM - which to many Western doctors do not fit with our modern understanding of how the body works and are not supported by scientific evidence.

On the other hand, there is a great deal of Western scientific research into pain, which has helped us understand how acupuncture might work. In particular, we know that acupuncture causes the release of natural pain-killing and healing chemicals within our bodies. In other words, acupuncture appears to help our bodies to heal themselves.

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