Can Acupuncture Help You

Acupuncture can be used to treat almost the entire spectrum of illness – physical, psychological, acute and chronic. It can work alongside conventional treatments and many people have been helped by acupuncture when conventional medicine has been unsuccessful. It can also treat symptoms that may not have a clear western medical diagnosis. The benefits of acupuncture treatment frequently include more than just the relief of a particular condition. It is common for people find that they “feel better in themselves”, have improved appetite and sleep, increased energy levels, a sense of vitality and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, or to relieve specific pains. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different even if your symptoms are the same. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

To help you decide if you would like treatment please contact us so that we can discuss your individual circumstances and we can tell you whether we think we can help. We can also tell you about other patients’ experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect.

You might like to look at information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting:

The British Acupuncture Council http://www.acupuncture.org.uk A-Z or Research Fact Sheets or The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC) http://www.acupunctureresearch.org.uk/.

An indication of the illnesses and diseases (from a western diagnostic perspective) that may be treatable with acupuncture are also listed on the World Health Organistions website.

These Include: (Click to read more)

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

Acne vulgaris

Cancer pain

Facial spasm

Gouty arthritis

Male sexual dysfunction

Osteoarthritis

Premenstrual syndrome

Stiff neck

This list is by no means definitive. For further information about research into conditions that acupuncture can treat please click here. Alternatively you can always call or email us. We are always happy to discuss your own specific health needs in confidence.