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Acupuncture is a popular treatment modality used for a variety of conditions. It involves the use of fine needles inserted into acupuncture points. Typically used as a course of treatment. Acupuncture


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Acupuncture – from the latin “acus – needle” and “punctura – to puncture”, is a technique which developed in China as part of a comprehensive medical system which we now call Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  This holistic medical system includes several different therapies, including herbal medicine, massage, diet and exercise.  However, in the West, the most recognizable therapy with its roots in TCM is acupuncture.

First introduced to this country over 200 years ago, acupuncture is now one of the most well known and respected complementary medicine therapies available. Acupuncture continues to stimulate debate and controversy within the Western medical community and the public at large as to how and why it works.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific locations on the body just below the skin, called “acupuncture points”.  These points lie along invisible energy pathways known as meridians.  The meridians form a comprehensive network of channels along which life-force energy or qi (pronounced “chee”) flows, vitalising and maintaining all of our bodily organs and processes.

The concept of qi is fundamental to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Classic Chinese philosophy believes that the primary state of the universe is qi, the constant movement of which produces all the things in the universe, including life. Thus people in ancient China thought that the accumulation of qi would produce life while the dispersion of qi would put an end to life. Qi is very active and in constant motion, and is also extremely fine and invisible.

In the theory of TCM, Qi is the most essential substance that makes up the body and maintains life activities. All vital substances, organs and meridians in the body are formed by the motion, transformation and accumulation of qi. According to TCM theory, if the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or unbalanced, symptoms of disharmony and disease will eventually occur.  Once a practitioner has identified or diagnosed an imbalance in a patients’ body system, then acupuncture is used to stimulate energy flow in the meridians to release blockages and restore the healthy flow of qi.

As acupuncture has grown in popularity in the West, medical science has begun to investigate more orthodox explanations as to how it works. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the release of various secretions within the body. These hormones and chemicals have the capacity to stop pain, fight disease and restore homeostasis. Recent research has also shown that the stimulation of the acupuncture points is able to deactivate specific areas of the brain responsible for controlling our perception of pain.

The roots of acupuncture are believed to have begun back in stone age times, when hot stones were placed on the body to relieve the symptoms brought about from living outside in the harsh climate. As understanding of the world around them developed so did techniques for treating illness. Traditional Chinese medical theory built up and acupuncture was refined into the insertion of needles. These needles were constructed from a variety of materials over the ages from stone, to wood, bone, bamboo and even precious metals such as gold and silver. Today acupuncturist use single use, disposable, stainless steel needles.

Doctors have recorded their experience for over 2,000 years leaving practitioners today with a huge wealth of knowledge from which to draw. Acupuncture has remained a relevant and effective therapy through out its long history. Today it is beginning to be integrated into our hospitals helping to provide choice for patients and sometimes an alternative when all other avenues have been tried.

When you first go to visit an acupuncturist you should expect to receive a slightly longer consultation than you may be used to. The practitioner will ask about your main complaint and also questions about your general health. Some questions may seem strange, as they do not relate to your current condition or complaint. The practitioner is simply building up a picture of your health so that he can effectively treat your current condition while also preventing it from returning after your treatments finish. It is very important in Chinese medicine that the whole person is treated and not just the part that appears to have the problem.

After the consultation the practitioner should explain to you about your health, how Chinese medicine views it and also how it can help. It may not always be possible to give accurate number of treatments needed to completely be free of your condition, as each patient is individual, as is their ability to fight disease. However, you can expect some improvement within a few treatments as the effects of the acupuncture start to change the balance of the body.

You should also communicate with your practitioner throughout your treatments so that you are aware of how they view your improvement. As your condition recovers the practitioner may suggest less frequent visits until they are satisfied that your health is restored to a level where it can maintain itself.

Initially, frequent sessions once or twice a week are common, depending on the type of condition being treated.  Acupuncture is effective for a wide range of ailments including anything from respiratory, digestive, cardio-vascular, musculo-skeletal and emotional/psychological conditions.  With the improvement of your health, sessions every two weeks or every month may be suggested.

For the acupuncture session you should make sure you have eaten before treatment, but not too close to it. It is best to wear loose fitting clothes so that you will feel comfortable in during treatment.

Several acupuncture points will be selected by the practitioner and the needles inserted into the body. Once inserted the practitioner will leave the needles in place for between 15 – 30 minutes. The practitioner will then ask you to relax. The practitioner may return several times during the treatment to slightly stimulate the needles but gently rotating them. This is to make sure that the maximum effect can be gained from the needles.

Patients can normally feel the needles enter the body but any discomfort is only momentary. After a while a feeling of relaxation passes over the body and you forget about the needles. It is quite common for patients to fall asleep while receiving acupuncture.

When the practitioner stimulates the needles a slight heaviness can be experienced around the needles. This is not something to be concerned about; on the contrary it is an essential part of the treatment. The sensation is that of the energy being drawn to the acupuncture points and stimulating their actions.

Acupuncture is often supplemented by a variety of treatments. These can include moxibustion, cupping, auricular (ear) acupuncture and electro-stimulation. All of these supplements are chosen to improve the function of the needles and speed your recovery.

At present in the UK there is no statutory regulation of acupuncture, or traditional Chinese medicine. However, there are several organisations that have been set up to help regulate the profession and provide the public with reassurance that their members have reached set levels of competence and hold recognised qualifications and insurance. Members of these associations must abide by strict codes of professional conduct and safe practice.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine UK (ATCM) is the largest governing body for TCM and covers the practice of acupuncture. Registered practitioners will have the initials MATCM or FATCM after their names.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is a governing body for the acupuncture profession. Practitioners are covered for the practice of acupuncture only and not herbal medicine. Registered practitioners will have the initials MBAcC after their names.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) is a governing body for the practice of medical Acupuncture. Most GPs and nurses using acupuncture are registered with this association which again only covers them for the use of acupuncture. Registered members will display MBMAS after their names.

Statutory regulation is due to be introduced in the next few years as the government is currently working on ways of introducing this.  This is an indication of the growing popularity and respect that acupuncture is generating amongst the public and the medical community.

The above description has been kindly provided by one of our acupuncturists - Alex Owen BSc Hons TCM, BM, MATCM Paul Haynes Dip. Hyp.

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