Acupuncture really has stood the test of time. It's a holistic form of medicine, which means that any symptoms are seen within the context of your complete health system. While treatment is aimed at helping your most troubling issues, careful diagnosis helps to understand the underlying causes. Treatment for one complaint therefore often helps your overall health.
Did you know that 'needles' are nothing like those we're used to? They're as fine as a cats whisker and generally don't go further in than half their length - a lot of people barely feel them once they're in, just a gentle awareness of some tingling or buzzing sensation.
Today acupuncture is one of the most widely accepted forms of complementary medicine. Scientific evidence has encouraged organizations such as the World Health Organisation to invest in acupuncture for many disorders including pain, depression and other diseases. Here in the UK too, many physiotherapists, GPs, midwives and other health professionals are learning some basic techniques to improve patient outcomes - I used to treat people within an NHS funded pain management service. We are catching onto the fact that traditional acupuncture has a proven, safe and effective role to play alongside other more mainstream health services. Unlike many conventional medicines, there are no harmful side effects. The term 'traditional acupuncture' is used to differentiate between acupuncturists trained in the traditional Chinese systems and other professionals who may practice from the basis of their western training.