Many people use acupuncture to help with a range of specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they feel generally unwell.
Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. Traditional acupuncture aims to support the body to heal itself by rebalancing the body’s energy systems. Treatment focuses on the cause of a condition as well as the main symptoms.
This approach is uniquely suited to modern life for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a person are viewed as interdependent. Traditional acupuncture is able to connect and make sense of the impact on a person of different aspects of complex modern life.
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms. These can be clearly defined complaints such as nausea or vomiting. Pain related conditions like dental pain, headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee or musculoskeletal problems including sports injuries. People also come to acupuncture for support with sinus and breathing related difficulties or digestive, bowel and urinary problems. Gynaecological issues such as painful periods to going through the menopause or more general feelings of stress, ill-health, poor sleep and low energy.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for managing early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
The translation between biomedical conditions and traditional acupuncture patterns, which make sense of symptoms, is complex. As each person is unique, two people with the same western medicine diagnosis can receive different acupuncture treatments according to their individual symptoms.
The list of conditions acupuncture can support is extensive. Individual research fact sheets to inform you about how traditional acupuncture can help you are listed in the sidebar to the right of this page. Further information is also available on the Research Information page of this website.
Working with all ages and medication
Acupuncture can work safely alongside conventional medicine. Acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor about any change of prescription. Please do not stop taking medication without professional guidance.
Please contact me if you need further information or want to discuss your treatment options.
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