Acupuncture is a system of medicine that looks at our bodies in a different way to Western medicine. We assess the flow of energy around your body, alongside any physical tests, to diagnose disorder, pain or illness and use tiny needles, touch or other specialised techniques to try and improve or correct problems. Having stood the test of time for over 2000 years, there is a growing body of recognized scientific evidence to support its' use for many conditions including pain, depression and other diseases.
We are catching onto the fact that acupuncture has a proven, safe and effective role to play alongside more mainstream health systems; it is often used side by side with 'conventional' medicine in China. Here in the UK too, many physiotherapists and other health professionals have learned some of the more basic techniques to improve outcomes for their patients - I worked for 4 years providing pain relief for NHS funded pain management services in Shropshire and Telford. Performed by suitably qualified practitioners, It is very safe and, unlike many conventional medicines, there are no harmful side effects.
Chinese medicine doesn't use a standardised 'prescription' for any given health condition because we look very closely at the cause of your condition - not just the symptoms. This means that no two patients with the complaint will be treated exactly the same. Because we focus on healing the 'root cause' as well as the symptom, many people find that not only their main complaint improves but other aspects of their health also change for the better.
Membership of the British Acupuncture Council ensures the highest standards of training, practice and professionalism. This is why we're regulated and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body accountable to Government. This recognition allows GPs to refer patients to us, although unfortunately the NHS does not yet fund acupuncture.