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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine and it is now accepted all over the world as a valid system of healthcare.

This ancient system of diagnosis and treatment came to Europe in the seventeenth century.  Acupuncture treatments are based on inserting very fine needles into special points along meridians (pathways running through the body) through which chi (bio-energy) flows.  Each meridian relates to different organ systems and function of these organs can be improved by manipulation of needles in these points. After many hospital trials and scientific research acupuncture is now widely accepted as a useful treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, fertility problems and many others.

All needles are used once only and local sensations during treatment such as tingling and aching are mild.  Acupuncture treatment works well with osteopathy and they are often used in conjunction.  For instance releasing tensions or spasms in the small intestine (such as in IBS) with direct osteopathic work, can be combined with acupuncture using points on the hands or legs to improve bowel function.

Acupressure, where no needles are inserted, is also used during many treatments.

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Often a feeling of peace and relaxation is felt during and after the treatment.  When the treatment has finished you should be fine to carry on with your daily activities.

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor you may wish to tell them you are
having acupuncture.  Acupuncture can be given alongside conventional medicine in most cases.  If you are on medication you need to give me the details on your first consultation.ros treating

How many treatments will I need?

Frequency of treatments depends on your individual condition.  Some change is usually felt after five treatments.  Some individuals may need long term treatment.  At first you will normally need to come once or twice per week and then the treatments may be spread out more.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.  Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness, or extra energy or mild dizziness and occasional minor bruising may occur.

How can acupuncture help me?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific conditions and others chose acupuncture as a preventative measure.   Acupuncture is beneficial for a wide range of conditions, some of which are :-  headaches, neck, back and body aches, arthritic pain, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, fertility, tiredness, anxiety, sinusitis, menopausal symptoms,  and many others.  To find out more about what acupuncture can do for you, contact us Or go to your symptoms.

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