Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practised in China and other East Asian countries for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over this time into a treatment option now accessed by increasing numbers of patients in the West. Without the benefit of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science.
The focus for a Traditional Acupuncturist is on the patient as an individual and not just their specific illness, and all symptoms are seen as part of an interconnected pattern.
Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points which are said to affect change within the body and help it to self-repair.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder or difficult digestion. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance or to help them through times of change or stress. Many have regular treatments simply because they find it beneficial and relaxing. As a gentle treatment, it is suitable for all ages, including babies and children, and can be safely used alongside conventional medicine.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has compiled a selection of fact sheets which provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. Please click here to find out more