Acupuncture

What is it?

Acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for around 2000 years and is now a valid complementary therapy useful for a range of conditions and general wellbeing. Pain or illness would be a sign that the body is out of balance and acupuncture can be used to restore that balance by inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are specifically chosen for each individual client as a TCM diagnosis will more than likely be different for each person, even if the presenting condition is the same.

If you’re wondering whether acupuncture really works there is a growing body of evidence based clinical research showing that acupuncture can treat a range of health problems. Unfortunately the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have ruled that acupuncturists can’t claim to treat the long list of conditions that the World Health Organisation have found acupuncture acceptable for, instead we can claim to help treat dental pain, nausea and vomiting, short term relief from tension type headache or migraine headache relief, temporary or short term relief for lower back pain, and provide temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain. However we would suggest if you have dental pain you see a dentist first!

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) decided that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain, which shows that acupuncture is now being seriously considered as part of the health care system in the UK.