The popularity of acupuncture in the UK has grown over the last 30 years. Some people find acupuncture helpful for pain relief from for example low back pain, migraines and headaches. Many people feel that acupuncture helps to relieve stress and promote wellbeing. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture can provide a useful complement or alternative to orthodox medicine as it can help people with chronic or recurring problems on their journey towards recovery.
Acupuncture can sometimes make sense of illnesses where there is no obvious diagnosis. Looking at health and illness from a Chinese perspective enables us to treat subtle imbalances to help you on the way to recovery. Treatment may not only relieve symptoms, but may also create an enhanced sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Many doctors are increasingly recognising the validity of acupuncture as one of the most valuable complementary therapies. In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
The ancient Chinese believed that the body’s own energy force or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) travelled throughout the body along channels or ‘meridians’. Based on traditional belief, if the meridians become obstructed, the Qi is unable to flow and can become deficient or excessive and this can result in pain or illness. Traditional acupuncturists believe that the Qi balance can be restored by stimulating specific points along the meridians, helping to restore balance and help you on the way to recovery.