About Acupuncture

After being used for over 2000 years in the East acupuncture is now being used safely in the West as a stand alone treatment and alongside Conventional Medicine.

It is widely known for it’s effectiveness in the treatment of pain. Acupuncture has a unique role in reducing suffering of both acute and chronic pain is one of the main reasons it has become so popular around the world.

A growing body of clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and how it can benefit a wide range of conditions.

  • Research suggests that acupuncture effects the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, patients often report that they have good quality sleep with regular treatment.

  • Adenosine is released during acupuncture which has a potent pain relieving effect

  • Improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility by promoting local micro circulation

  • Speeds up recovery time from an injury

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Acupuncture has been shown to improve the body’s ability to cope with stress through improving Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

  • When the body is under stress an area of the brain called the Hypothalmus releases neurochemicals and acupuncture can help calm their response.

  • Acupuncture has also been seen to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s own feel good chemicals which play an important role in the regulation of physical and emotional stress responses such as pain, heart rate Blood Pressure and digestive function.

  • Research has demonstrated that the body releases its own opiods, the body’s natural pain killer during treatment

Most people feel deeply relaxed after treatment, more emotionally centred and able to cope with what life throws at them

Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown expotentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional bio medicine.

Over this period there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries.

A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation to name but a few.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has shown evidence of a postive effect in cases of:

  • Allergic Rhinitis

  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting

  • Chronic low back pain

  • Headache ( tension and chronic )

  • Knee osteoarthritis

  • Migraine prevention

  • Post operative nausea and vomiting

  • Post operative pain

  • Evidence of Potential Positive Effect

  • Acute low back pain

  • Acute stroke

  • Ambulatory anaesthesia

  • Anxiety

  • Aromatase-inhibitor induced arthralgia

  • Asthma in adults

  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy

  • Cancer pain

  • Cancer related fatigue

  • Constipation

  • Craniotomy anaesthesic

  • Depression ( with antidepressants)

  • Dry eye

  • Hypertension (with medication )

  • Insomnia

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Labour pain

  • Menopausal hot flushes

  • Modulating sensory perception thresholds

  • Neck pain

  • Obesity

  • Peri- Menopausal and post menopausal insomnia

  • Plantar heel pain

  • Post stroke insomnia

  • Post stroke shoulder pain

  • Post stroke spasticity

  • Post- traumatic stress disorder

  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain

  • Recovery after colorectal cancer resection

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Schizophrenia ( with antipsychotics)

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder impingement syndrome, early stage with exercise

  • Shoulder pain

  • Smoking cessation ( up to 3 months )

  • Stroke rehabilitation

  • Temporomandibular pain

If you would like to know more about how acupuncture treatments can help, take a look at the :

British Acupuncture Council’s fact sheet. 



How does it work?