IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Acupuncture must be carried out by a qualified practitioner who has a completed a minimum of 3 years training to qualify for Licensed Acupuncturist status. The training includes a thorough understanding of Chinese and Western medicine including anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology. In the United Kingdom, most acupuncturists are registered with a recognised official regulating body such as The Acupuncture Society. Fine sterile needles are used for each treatment and disposed of safely to avoid contamination and cross-infection. The Acupuncture Society has set out a Code of Practice that lays out strict standards of hygiene and codes of practice that all qualified Acupuncturists adhere to. Acupuncture treatment is a safe, gentle and relatively non-invasive treatment with minimum side effects.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
There are numerous conditions that acupuncture can successfully treat, therefore, it is advisable to call and discuss how acupuncture can help you.
Examples of medical conditions are:-
• Muscular-skeletal disorders – arthritis, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sports injuries/sprains, sciatica
• Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress and chronic fatigue
• Fertility problems (male/female), menstruation and menopausal symptoms
• Headaches and migraines
• Hayfever, asthma, eczema, acne and skin complaints
• IBS and gastro-intestinal disorders, indigestion and constipation
• Smoking cessation and drug addiction
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
Acute or new conditions respond more quickly to treatment than long standing health problems that may need a few treatments to treat the problem. Treating conditions in young children and adolescent often prevents symptoms becoming chronic in adult years if treated at a younger age.
Patient’s lifestyle, diet and general attitude to treatment will greatly influence the outcome of the treatment, therefore, acupuncture treatment varies from person to person. Normally appointments are arranged 1 to 2 times per week and as symptoms improve, appointments can be reduced to fortnightly/monthly. Often people have acupuncture at regular intervals to maintain general health and well-being.