Acupuncture

 Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that has been practiced in the far east for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, and refined over this time into a treatment option accessed by increasing numbers of patients in the West, and there is a growing body of evidence to support its effectiveness https://acupuncture.org.uk/about-acupuncture/fact-sheets/. It involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body or applying other techniques such as the burning of a herb (moxibustion) on the acupuncture points to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself.

 Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and can relieve symptoms on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific health conditions, including chronic pain, migraines and headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression, fatigue, digestive disorders, sinusitis, menstrual, hormonal, and fertility issues. It can also be effective for treating muscular-skeletal issues such as neck and shoulder tension, joint pain, and backache. Some people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance but have no obvious western medical diagnosis or have failed to get relief from their condition with more conventional treatment options.  

 There are several styles of acupuncture, the most common being TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) which was developed last century, and more classical styles such as Five Element acupuncture. (It is worth noting that Chinese medical acupuncture is very different from and not to be confused with Western medical acupuncture, sometimes known as dry needling, often practiced by physiotherapists, for the treatment of trigger points). Some acupuncturists use a combination of styles, and the focus is on the patient as an individual and not just their specific illness or condition, where all symptoms are seen as part of an interconnected pattern. Rather than suppressing individual symptoms in the short term, the aim is always to bring the body back into balance and to address the root cause of illness, leading to longer-lasting health benefits and overall well-being.

 

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