What is Acupuncture and what Conditions Can it help with?

The Point of Acupuncture

Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body's equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi.

The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma. When the qi is imbalanced, illness may result.

The acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore its natural balance.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problem.

What Conditions Can it Help?

Muscular Skeletal Conditions
  •  tennis elbow; frozen shoulder; other joint injuries
  •  carpal tunnel syndrome; repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  •  back pain, lumbago
  •  neck pain
  •  knee pain
  •  arthritis, rheumatism
  •  general aches and pains

Digestive Conditions
  •  heartburn, nausea, acid reflux
  •  diarrhoea, constipation
  •  colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain
  •  haemorrhoids
  •  bloating, excessive gas or wind
  •  food intolerances
  •  high cholesterol levels
  •  poor appetite, eating disorders
  •  ulcers

Respiratory Conditions
  •  allergies, hayfever
  •  persistent cough, bronchitis
  •  frequent colds and flu, emphysema
  •  asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath
  •  sinusitis, laryngitis

Gynaecological Conditions
  •  PCOS
  •  endometriosis
  •  fibroids
  •  vaginal discharge
  •  thrush
  •  mastitis

Menstrual Problems
  •  acne
  •  amenorrhea (absence of periods)
  •  bloating
  •  breast distension
  •  cramps
  •  depression
  •  heavy flow
  •  irregular periods
  •  irritability
  •  premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  •  skipped periods

Menopausal Symptoms
  •  dryness
  •  hot flushes
  •  night sweats
  •  poor sleep

Pregnancy Disorders
  •  constipations
  •  haemorrhoids
  •  low back pain
  •  morning sickness
  •  post partum depression and exhaustion
  •  sciatica

Neurological Disorders (including headaches / migraines)
  •  headaches (cluster,tension)
  •  migraines
  •  dizziness, light headedness
  •  sciatica
  •  trigeminal neuralgia
  •  facial paralysis, Bell's Palsy
  •  peripheral neuropathy
  •  Meniere's Syndrome
  •  Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  •  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) (post viral syndrome)

Stress-related, mental and emotional conditions
  •  depression, anxiety, panic attacks
  •  nervousness, palpitations, fearfulness
  •  post traumatic shock
  •  restlessness, worry, grief, heartache
  •  frustration, irritability, anger
  •  mood swings
  •  poor concentration and memory
  •  lack of focus
  •  lack of energy and tired
  •  insomnia
  •  general feeling of stress

Disorders of the Heart and Blood Vessels
  •  stroke
  •  high blood pressure
  •  oedema
  •  anaemia
  •  poor circulation, feeling too or too cold
  •  palpitations

Urinary Complaints
  •  cystitis, frequent urination
  •  difficult urination, incontinence
  •  incomplete emptying / intermittent flow
  •  infections

Skin Conditions
  •  dry / itchy skin
  •  eczema
  •  psoriasis
  •  acne uticaria

Eye Disorders
  •  red / dry / itchy eyes
  •  conjunctivitis
  •  cataract (without complications)
  •  myopia
  •  central retinitis
  •  poor vision

  •  earache
  •  tinnitus

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
  •  toothache
  •  pain after tooth extraction
  •  Gingivitis
  •  Pharyngitis

Recovery from Operations
  •  pre and post operative care
  •  post operative pain

Addictions and the effects of withdrawal
  •  smoking
  •  drugs
  •  alcohol
  •  food

Other conditions
  •  chronic weakness / pain from serious illness, Cancer
  •  sports injuries
  •  low / high libido
  •  feeling too hot / too cold
  •  low immunity
  •  complaints that don't have a diagnosis or label

What Benefits can be Expected?

Every individual is unique, so the response to treatment varies from person to person. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health and then improvement in the main complaint will follow. Other people may notice a marked improvement in their main complaint straight away.

Some people will feel revitalised mentally or physically, whilst with others the changes are more subtle and are noticed in retrospect. The length of time a condition has been present is important in assessing how quickly the patient is likely to improve.