Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that has over 3,000 years of history. In China, acupuncture is practised along side of western medicine and doctors of both disciplines often cross refer patients to obtain the optimum treatment results.
Chinese people grew up with the basic understanding of Chinese medicine and the type of conditions acupuncture is suitable for. In the west, acupuncture is often the last resort after exhausted every other therapies. However in recent years, public awareness on acupuncture has improved. In the UK, more and more people are turning to this traditional therapy.
Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children, elderly and the chronically ill.
For those who simply do not like the thought of needles, there are alternative ways of treatment such as Cupping, Tui Na (Chinese massage by applying pressure on acupuncture points), Gua Sha (skin scraping) and Moxa (stimulating acupuncture points by heating the point with penetrating herbs, particularly useful in the case of turning breech babies).
Read more about how acupuncture can help with the induction of labour here.
What can Acupuncture help with?
The British Acupuncture Council has produced fact sheets for many conditions providing summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial. For more details, click here.
· Dysmenorrhoea (Painful Periods)
· Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
· Insomnia, Anxiety & Stress
· Headaches & Migraines
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
· Post-Operative Pain
· Neuropathic Pain
· Female Infertility
· Male Infertility
· Colds & Flu
· Back Pain
· Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
· Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
· Menopausal Symptoms
· Eczema & Psoriasis
· Nausea & Vomiting
· Allergic Rhinitis
· Chronic Pain
· Sports Injuries
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – the safer alternative to surgery or Botox.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is an extension of traditional acupuncture that is said to help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. The treatment would start with body acupuncture first to stimulate the flow of energy around the whole body. The therapist will then move on to apply needles to the face.
Depending what the treatment wants to achieve, i.e. face lift, targeting wrinkles and scars etc, up to 100 tiny and painless needles will be inserted on the face and head. As the needles puncture the skin, they create wounds within its threshold, which are called positive microtraumas. When the body senses these wounds, it goes into repair mode. These punctures stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system, which work together to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells, nourishing skin from the inside out. This helps even out the facial complexion and promote the skin’s glow. The positive microtraumas also stimulate the production of collagen that helps improve elasticity, diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin.
A treatment plan will be discussed in detail with your acupuncturist, the recommended course of facial acupuncture is 10-12 treatments.