Acupuncture and its uses
Acupuncture has been around for many centuries. Originating from Chinese medicine, it is now used widely in modern complementary medicine to deal with many different issues and health conditions.
Acupuncture can be used for treatment in a wide range of health issues, including:
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Managing stress
- Chronic pain such as neck, shoulder or back pain
- Muscle tension
There are many more health complaints that acupuncture is also used for.
What is acupuncture?
Simply put, acupuncture is the use of fine needles placed at pressure points around the body to stimulate the sensory nerves and improve the flow of energy.
After an initial consultation to identify what issues or health concerns you would like help with, an acupuncturist will place these needles into the relevant points on your body to help bring relief.
There are other associated traditional Chinese medicine techniques that are sometimes used alongside acupuncture such as moxibustion - the use of heated herbs to help heal your body.
How acupuncture can help?
There has been a lot of research undertaken about acupuncture, and its effectiveness in supporting modern medical treatments.
Acupuncture is known to release natural painkilling endorphins which help to manage chronic pain. This can bring relief to conditions where pain is an everyday occurrence. Acupuncture is most effective as a course of treatment, rather than a one-off session.
In the origins of acupuncture, Chinese herbalists used it to regular the flow of Qi, or energy, and therapists who practice traditional acupuncture still work to this principle today. Placing needles in the pressure points helps regulate your energy flow and enables the body to help heal itself.
What happens during an acupuncture session?
Once you've had your initial consultation, your acupuncturist will ask you to lie down. Depending on what you are being treated for, you may need to adjust some items of clothing. We recommend you wear loose clothing, such as shorts and a T-shirt, as this will assist the treatment.
Your therapist will use single-use, pre-sterilised needles, and will talk you through what is going to happen. They will place these needles in different parts of your body, depending on the right pressure points for your health complaint.
It won't hurt - you might feel a dull ache around the base of the needle or a slight tingling feeling.
How will it feel afterwards?
Depending on what you were treated for, you might feel achy or slightly light-headed like floating on a cloud for a little while afterwards. You could also experience an emotional release, particularly if being treated for something like stress or anxiety.
Often people report feeling very calm after their sessions, and particularly after your first session, you may experience tiredness.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of complementary medicine. It's even recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). It's important you access a fully trained, and experienced acupuncturist.
To find out more about having acupuncture at the London Acupuncture Clinic, please contact us today.