What is acupuncture

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine, which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world, and in the past decade traditional acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare in the UK.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi, your body’s vital energy. In conjunction with needling, your practitioner may use techniques such as moxibustion, cupping and massage. They may also suggest dietary or lifestyle changes.

 

What can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture may help with Allergies, Back Pain, Bells Palsy, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatique Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Depression, Endometriosis, Frozen Shoulder, Headache, Insominia, Neuropathic Pain, Osteoarthiritis , Premenstral Syndrome, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Stress, Tennis Elbow, Vertigo.

 

How does is work?

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for anxiety (Wu 1999).

Your acupuncturist will use a number of different diagnostic methods to gain a complete picture of your health and lifestyle and based on this information, they will put together a personal treatment plan just for you.

 

How many sessions will I need?

The frequency and number of sessions you will need depends on your individual condition. It is not unusual to need a course of treatments, but occasionally change is felt quite quickly and only two or three may be sufficient. Some people will continue to have regular treatments to maintain good health and as a preventive measure.

 

Accreditations

Our acupuncturists are both members of the British Acupuncture council. With over 3000 members, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK's largest professional body for traditional acupuncturists. Membership of the BAcC guarantees excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct.

To learn more about what acupuncture can do for you speak to one of our acupuncturists or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk

Acupuncture at the Norfolk Clinic, Norwich

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