Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to improve people’s well-being. It is based on the principle that illness occurs when the body is out of balance and the energy in the body (called ‘qi’) is not flowing freely. Acupuncture seeks to allow the energy to flow freely again and put the body back in balance.
Acupuncture has a sound evidence base. The British Acupuncture Council website has fact sheets on acupuncture and certain conditions. The website also details the growing body of evidence-based research on acupuncture’s effectiveness (https://www.acupuncture.org.uk). There is evidence to support its effectiveness in treating headaches, arthritis, back pain, insomnia and menopausal symptoms.
Single use disposable needles are used which are very fine. Acupuncture treatment does not feel like an injection, most people do not feel the needle being inserted, but will feel a tingling or pulling sensation.
Acupuncture is suitable for all ages including teenagers, children and babies. Children normally respond quickly and need less treatment than adults. Some only need massage, moxa or acupressure.
Acupuncture can work alongside Western Medicine, but you should tell your GP you are having acupuncture treatment.