What is Acupuncture and what is it used for?
Acupuncture is a type of treatment that works with the body to correct imbalances, illness and injury. Traditional acupuncture has its own diagnostic framework for understanding imbalances in health. It is a framework that can be applied widely to any symptom or condition. The World Health Organisation has a long list of diseases and conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. Click here to view.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has produced a digest of some of the research into conditions acupuncture can help with – view it here. Also available from the BAcC is a series of Fact Sheets about the use of acupuncture for a spectrum of conditions including: anxiety, chronic pain, migraines, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, stress, Infertility and ART. The full list of fact sheets can be found here.
Acupuncture is the careful insertion of very fine, sterile, single use needles into the skin to points of the body selected according to your symptoms and diagnosis. Other techniques may also be used such as massage or moxabustion (moxa). Moxa is the burning of a herb compressed into a roll or little cones and held over particular parts of body for therapeutic warming.
To help form the diagnosis and your personal treatment plan, your therapist may: ask a range of questions; feel your pulse; look at your tongue
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine and has evolved over thousands of years. Its transmission to the West began gradually in the 16th century but it was only in the middle of the last century that it really became established here. Today in the West, practitioners and researchers frequently combine the Eastern principles and Western understanding of ill-health to develop an integrated mode of treatment.