Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium.

What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.

 

Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.

 

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

The British Acupuncture Council has produced fact sheets to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions.

 

They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial. You should always consult your GP if you have any concerns or talk to a BAcC registered acupuncturist.

Here is their list:

A

Acne

 

Allergic rhinitis

 

Anxiety

 

Arrhythmias and Heart Failure

 

Asthma

 

B

Back pain

 

Bell's palsy

 

C

Cancer care

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome

 

Childbirth

 

Chronic fatigue syndrome

 

Chronic pain

 

Colds and flu

 

COPD

 

Coronary heart disease

 

Cystitis

 

D

Dementia

 

Dentistry

 

Depression

 

Dysmenorrhoea

 

E

Eczema and Psoriasis

 

Endometriosis

 

F

Facial pain

 

Female fertility

 

Fibromyalgia

 

Frozen shoulder

 

G

Gastrointestinal tract disorders

 

Gout

 

H

Headache

 

Herpes

 

HIV infection

 

Hypertension

 

I

Infertility ART

 

Insomnia

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

 

K

Kidney stones

 

M

Male infertility

 

Menopausal symptoms

 

Migraines

 

Multiple sclerosis

 

N

Nausea and vomiting

 

Neck pain

 

Neuropathic pain

 

O

Obesity

 

Obstetrics

 

Osteoarthritis

 

P

Palliative care

 

Parkinson's disease

 

PCOS

 

Post-operative pain

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder

 

Premenstrual syndrome

 

Puerperium

 

R

Raynaud's

 

Rheumatoid arthritis

 

S

Sciatica

 

Sinusitis

 

Sports Injuries

 

Stress

 

Stroke

 

Substance misuse

 

T

Tennis elbow

 

Thyroid disease

 

Tinnitus

 

Type-2 Diabetes

 

U

Urinary incontinence

 

V

Vertigo