Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of some pain and illness or disease. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pain like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing, or to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children, and the elderly. Pregnant women may have acupuncture to help with symptoms such as nausea. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

What can it do for me?

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. The strength of Chinese medicine is its ability to find where your symptoms fit within a range of complex patterns and to identify the best treatment for you. This approach means that each person’s treatment plan will be different. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk. You can also speak to Verity to discuss what acupuncture can do for you in more detail.