Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is widely used all over the world as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other forms of medicine, and in the far east it is fully part of mainstream healthcare.

People of all ages can benefit from having acupuncture, and it can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.


Does acupuncture work?

Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing and researchers are finding new ways of measuring the body’s responses. To date the main focus of research has been on pain management. You can read more about the latest acupuncture research at

www.acupuncture.org.uk
www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture


What will happen when I go for acupuncture?

On the basis of your medical history, your pulse, the location of your symptoms and your tongue, I will decide which combination of points is right for your whole body as well as your symptoms.

The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs that will be open in front of you and safely disposed of after each treatment.

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as I might adjust them. Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.

Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps five or six sessions, reducing in frequency as your body responds.


Is acupuncture safe?

Definitive surveys in the UK and Germany concluded that when practiced by a properly trained qualified traditional acupuncturist such as BAcC members, the risk of serious adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low.


Are there any side effects?

Sometimes a small bruise may appear when a needle is removed. Occasionally, people can feel dizzy or tired for a brief time after treatment.