Let’s talk about what is acupuncture and how does it help?

Acupuncture starts developing thousands of years ago. People were discovering the effects of acupuncture by wide range of methods. Traditional acupuncture is one of the many different styles of acupuncture. This style of acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories. There are different points of view regarding the question how does acupuncture works. One of the most commonly used explanation how does acupuncture work is talking about  balancing the energy of the human energy body. According to the theories of traditional acupuncture the energy body looks like a very complex web of energy channels which have different dept and width. They are connected to the internal organs, brain and every little piece of tissue of the body. A traditional acupuncturist would work on the more superficial which will still affect the deeper channels.  The energy which is flowing through the body is in one way a biological electricity which can caries information. By inserting very fine needles, the energy is affected in a way which harmonises it and symptoms are relieved.

What to expect when having an acupuncture treatment?

A traditional acupuncturist would first make a diagnosis which is very strongly individual for every single person. People with the same diagnosis in Western Medicine would very often have different diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. To make the diagnosis, the acupuncturist would ask you some questions, feel your pulse and look at your tongue. After making the diagnosis, the acupuncturist would choose the most appropriate point combination.  After needling the needles are left from 20 to 35 mins. Very often people fall a sleep during that time which is absolutely fine.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

People benefit from acupuncture in many different areas of health. Although the most common reasons which people to look for acupuncture is musculo-skeletal pain (back pain, neck pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, joints pain, indeterminate aches and pains), it is also used in many different health conditions as in the following: Insomnia, Migraine, Fertility, Irregular, long or short menstrual cycle, Excessive vaginal discharge, Menopausal symptoms, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, Post-Traumatic stress disorder, Stress, Chronic fatigue, Water retention, Urinary disorder, IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Diarrhea, Bloating and more.

How many treatments of acupuncture would you need?

The number of treatments you would need is very strongly individual. It does depend on your life style, how long you have the symptoms for, your age and number of other circumstances.

Does acupuncture really work?

There has been made a lot of research about acupuncture. The best way to find out if acupuncture really works is to try and experience it. I have seen many people in my clinical experience, who has been grateful about their decision to try acupuncture as an alternative way to reach a healthy and happy life.

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is a very common question and I don’t wonder why. The idea of metal needles penetrating the skin can terrify people. Especially when the mind connects it to the needles which we have seen at the hospitals. The true is that the acupuncture needles are so fine that sometimes even thinner than hair. They are so fine that they don’t actually damage much tissue on the way of penetration. What people feel is the activation of their energy. It can feel like dull ache, strong or light pressure and tingling. This happens because the energy and blood start running to the point and back to the body.

Why use a BAcC member?

Some of the important reasons to remember:

• BSc  or  BA  degree level  training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture,
Chinese   medicine,   and   western   biomedical   sciences  including   anatomy,
physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)
• compliance  with  current  UK  health  and  safety  legislation
• full  medical  malpractice  and  public/products  liability  insurance  cover
• expert   practice   skills   maintained   by   following   a   mandatory   individual
programme of continuing professional development (CPD)
• regular   updates   from   the    BAcC    regarding   practitioners’   professional
obligations to the public
• compliance   with  BAcC  Code of  Safe  Practice  and  Code  of  Professional
Conduct
• patient access to the BAcC complaints and disciplinary procedures

Acupuncturists registered with  the  BAcC carry the  letters MBAcC after
their name.