Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used in China and other eastern cul­tures to restore, promote and maintain good health for about 2,500 years.  Acupuncture aims to improve the overall ,wellbeing of the patient, rather than treat­ing specific symptoms in isolation. Traditional Chinese philosophy states that our health is
dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin.
 
For any number of reasons, Qi may become unbalanced, which leads to illness. By inserting fine needles into the channels of Qi energy, an acupuncturist can stimu­late the body's own healing response and help restore its natural equilibrium.
 
To assess how the energies are flowing in an individual's body an acupuncturist will feel the pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of the tongue also give a good guide to a person's health.
 
 Holistic
 Traditional acupuncture takes a
 holistic approach, treating the
 whole person to regain the
 balance between the physical,
 emotional and spiritual aspects  of the individual.

Who can benefit from acupuncture
Some people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain health or strengthen the constitution. Acupuncture can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.

How safe is  acupuncture
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all, although for babies and young children pressure rather than needles may be used.
 
British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) practitioners use disposable single use acupuncture needles. These are presterilised, are in sealed packs and are disposed of after each treatment. Acupuncture has proved to be effective in a wide range of conditions. These include:-
- pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth.
- infertility, menstrual problems and the menopause.
- overcoming addictions, e.g. smoking, alcohol, food, drugs.
- migraines.
- depression, anxiety and mental health.

- strokes.
- arthritis and rheumatism.
- asthma.
- sciatica, back pain and indeterminate aches and pains.
- circulatory problems It high blood pressure
- skin conditions and ulcers.
- general feelings of ill health, e.g. lethargy, nausea, dizziness
 
Contacting a qualified acupuncturist
It is essential for patients to choose an acupuncturist who is registered with a pro­fessional
body. BAcC members have extensive training in acupuncture and bio medical sciences
appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK. They are covered by full medical
malpractice and public/products liability insurance and are bound by codes of ethics and safe practice.

A patient's personal relationship and rap­port with their practitioner is important. Patients need to find a practitioner they feel comfortable with, who understands what they want from treatment and who can explain clearly the benefits acupuncture  can offer.

Who can benefit from acupuncture
Some people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain health or strengthen the constitution. Acupuncture can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.
 
How safe is  acupuncture
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all, although for babies and young children pressure rather than needles may be used.
 
British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) practitioners use disposable single use acupuncture needles. These are presterilised, are in sealed packs and are disposed of after each treatment. Acupuncture has proved to be effective in a wide range of conditions. These include:-
- pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth.
- infertility, menstrual problems and the menopause.
- overcoming addictions, e.g. smoking, alcohol, food, drugs.
- migraines.
- depression, anxiety and mental health.

- strokes.
- arthritis and rheumatism.
- asthma.
- sciatica, back pain and indeterminate aches and pains.
- circulatory problems It high blood pressure
- skin conditions and ulcers.
- general feelings of ill health, e.g. lethargy, nausea, dizziness
 
Contacting a qualified acupuncturist
It is essential for patients to choose an acupuncturist who is registered with a pro­fessional
body. BAcC members have extensive training in acupuncture and bio medical sciences
appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK. They are covered by full medical
malpractice and public/products liability insurance and are bound by codes of ethics and safe practice.

A patient's personal relationship and rap­port with their practitioner is important. Patients need to find a practitioner they feel comfortable with, who understands what they want from treatment and who can explain clearly the benefits acupuncture  can offer.