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Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is part of a spectrum of treatments of Chinese Medicine which also includes herbs, massage (tui na), exercise and diet. This ancient system of medicine dates back to over 2,000 years when the first Chinese texts were written. Traditional Acupuncture is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health and pain as a manifestation of an imbalance in the body’s energy (Qi or Chi). This occurs when the body’s energy cannot flow freely through the channels or meridians within the body. There can be many reasons for this such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition and infection or injury.

Acupuncture is safe and can be used alongside conventional medicine


Traditional acupuncture is a safe and effective practice, which can be used alongside conventional medicine. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the acupuncture meridians which cover the body, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of energy (Qi or Chi) to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response. As acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Acupuncture focuses on the individual, not the illness

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. As each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organisation

The evidence

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture, as practised by British Acupuncture Council members safely treats a wide range of common health problems including short-term relief of symptoms such as low back pain, tension-type headaches, migraines and temporary pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) now recommends 29 symptoms, diseases and conditions which can be effectively treated by acupuncture and a further 63 conditions which have shown to have a therapeutic effect, but further proof is needed. These conditions listed below. You can click on these for more information.

How acupuncture can help you with your specific symptoms or condition?

Find out how acupuncture can help you with your specific symptoms or condition by clicking on the links below to the relevant pages on the British Acupuncture Council website.

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