Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that aims to relieve disease and discomfort by correcting imbalances in the flow of energy through the body. The practitioner will stimulate parts of the body with finger pressure, massage or thin needles.
It is a physical therapy that is based on ancient Chinese medical theories. The theory behind acupuncture’s is that the organs of the body are connected by energy channels known as meridians. Blockages or disturbances in the flow of energy around the body can result in disease and illness. The practise dates back to the Stone Age, archaeologists have discovered sharpened stone and bone needles similar to the needles used by modern day acupuncturists. The Acupuncturist will locate specific spots along the meridians known as acupressure points. These points are believed to clear blockages and stimulate the energy flow through the body. The practitioner will stimulate these points, up to 670 in total, using needles or finger pressure.
An acupuncture session typically lasts for one hour and will begin with the acupuncturist assessing the patient’s physical condition. They will assess factors like the shape and colour of the tongue, the quality of the patients’ breathing, their pulse and the smell of the patient’s breath. This enables the practitioner to decide which energy channels may be causing the patient to experience illness, and to formulate a treatment plan based on the stimulation of acupressure points along the meridian.
The acupuncturist will use sterile, disposable needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate the energy flow beneath the surface. A skilled acupuncturist can insert the needles without causing pain or discomfort to their patient.
Acupuncture has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide variety of physical and emotional ailments. It has been used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety. Acupuncture can also be useful in treating patients with addictions to alcohol or nicotine.
Most therapists listed on this page are UK based and are members of a professional association such as the British Acupuncture Council, which is the UK’s main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture