Traditional acupuncture has its roots in ancient China, with the view that when our bodies are healthy, there is plentiful energy and it flows smoothly in our systems. However if we fall ill, the energy flow is disrupted. Acupuncture helps to restore a balance and thus enables the body to promote its own healing.
Modern research is ongoing and suggests that acupuncture produces a fascinating variety of effects from sensory nerve stimulation, to production of biomolecules such as endorphins and influencing changes in the fascia, all of which which are beginning to piece together a scientific explanation of its health benefits.
Traditional acupuncture is a profoundly relaxing therapy which looks to regulate any imbalances which may be at the root of a variety of conditions.
NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) now endorses its use for tension headaches.
Chinese medicine views every person as unique in terms of mind, body and spirit, with each component working in harmony to maintain health and vitality. As a holistic system of treatment, acupuncture looks to discern and treat, not just the symptoms, but also the underlying causes of disease. The aim is to assess imbalances in the body and tailor a personalised treatment plan for that individual. As well as treating specific problems, it may also be used in order to assist in maintaining good health and well-being.
It is always recommended that you visit your GP in the first instance and let them know that you are considering seeking acupuncture treatment. Examples where acupuncture can be used, often as an adjunct to conventional therapies, include:
Due to increasing public interest in the subject over the last thirty or forty years, considerable scientific research has been carried out into acupuncture, though much remains to be done. The following useful databases show the currently available research studies: