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.
Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ (pronounced chee), your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain or illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.
Click here to watch a video that explains traditional acupuncture.
For further information, please visit the British Acupuncture Council's website.
For general information on conditions that acupuncture can help, and for summaries of research on those conditions, click here.
Or click on the conditions below to find out more.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds and flu
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)