What is Acupuncture?acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique, dating back over two thousand years. The treatment takes a positive approach to health and well-being, working on the belief that the body needs equilibrium and balance in order to thrive.

It is an integrated technique, designed to treat the mind, body and spirit as a whole. The underlying principle of the treatment is that illness, stress and pain occur when the body's 'qi' or natural balance is disturbed. It is believed that by inserting fine-pointed needles into pressure points around the body, the blocked energy is allowed to flow more freely and restore a natural healing response.

NOTE: We run our low-cost community multibed Acupuncture For All sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or you can click the practitioner images to the right for one-to-one prices, availability and further information.

 

What can I expect from a session?

Your first treatment will involve talking about your health, and discussing any difficulties you may have been experiencing. This is so that the therapist can develop a full picture of your health and treat you accordingly.

During the treatment, needles will be positioned in different acu-points around your body. Depending on the nature of your treatment, the needles will then either be removed immediately, or you will be left for around twenty minutes so that the treatment can take effect. The needles are barely felt as they are inserted, and you may feel a slight tingling sensation as the acu-pressure point is reached. We only use disposable sterile needles for all of our treatments.

Acupuncture is an intensely relaxing procedure, both during and after the treatment, so we advise you to take it easy after your session!

 

Click here to visit the British Acupuncture Council's Fact Sheets which 'are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.' (BAC, 2014)

For information on the how safe acupuncture is please visit the British Acupuncture Council's information page

 

We run our Acupuncture For All sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or you can click the practitioner images to the right for individual prices, availability and further information

 

Interesting facts

  1. The word ‘acupuncture’ comes from the latin acus (‘needle’) and pungere (‘to prick’)
  2. According to traditional acupuncturists, there is a point on your head you can press to control your appetite
  3. On the body’s exterior surface, there are around 365 acu-pressure points.