Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China and other cultures in the Far East. In china it still is a major part of mainstream health care and is highly regarded as a treatment in it’s own right, as well as in combination with conventional western medicine.
Acupuncture is now accepted worldwide. In the UK more and more people are discovering Acupuncture for themselves. Members of the British Acupuncture council (MBACC) practice Acupuncture based in Chinese medical principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years.
Why have Acupuncture?
People often come for Acupuncture to relief painful conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee, or irritable bowel syndrome. Some people use Acupuncture when they feel generally unwell, but there is no definite diagnosis. Others choose Acupuncture simply to enhance there feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
What happens in a treatment?
Initially the acupuncturist will take a full medical history, read your pulse and tongue to get a complete picture of you health and lifestyle. Using this information, the acupuncturist will put together a personal treatment plan. Acupuncture points will be selected according to your needs. The single–use sterile needle packs will be opened in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment.
Is it Safe?
The results of two independent medical research projects published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles are sterile, single-use and disposed of after use. Responses to treatment can include feeling very relaxed, or tired and rarely mild dizziness. Very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.
Do I need to tell my GP?
We recommend that you tell your Doctor if you have been prescribed medication. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell your acupuncturist is you are taking medication or any supplements as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognize potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to a Doctor if they consider it appropriate.
What can Acupuncture do for me?
People come for Acupuncture to treat a specific symptom or painful condition, however you can have treatment to help maintain good health and improve a general sense of well-being because Acupuncture is an holistic (treats the whole person). For more information log on to www.acupuncture.org.uk it has lots of current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture.