Traditional acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine which has been used in China for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. It is based on the understanding that the body's vital energy (known as Qi) moves through a network of channels beneath the skin. When the flow of this energy becomes blocked, depleted or disturbed it can cause a range of physical or emotional symptoms and ailments. Acupuncturists insert very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body to rebalance and regulate the flow of Qi and promote healing.

Traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance, promote physical and emotional harmony and enhance vitality.

What to expect

At the first treatment a full case history is taken, which covers health topics such as mobility, sleep, emotions, diet, pain and energy levels. Your pulse will be taken to gauge your energy flow. All this will help to identify any imbalances in the body and inform an individualised treatment plan that not only treats the symptoms that you are presenting with but also is aimed at the root of your condition. This approach helps with resolving your main health complaint, creating harmony in the body and mind, and enhancing your overall wellbeing.

For best and lasting results, patient and therapist work together on a tailored plan of action which may include some aspects of lifestyle from stress management to dietary advice.

Alongside acupuncture, other treatment such as moxibustion (the burning of medicated herbs to stimulate healing) or cupping therapy (to facilitate circulation and release of tension and toxins) may be used.

How It Can Help

Acupuncture treatment is safe and effective for all ages and everyone. It can be used alongside ongoing conventional medical treatments. It is equally well-suited for both chronic and acute conditions.

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. It is often used for pain relief, stress or anxiety. It may also be beneficial for many conditions including arthritis, circulatory problems, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines and skin conditions.

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, or because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, strengthen the constitution and to help prevent illness, or simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.