Acupuncture is on of the many varied therapies of Traditional Oriental Medicine. It involves the insertion of 'hair fine needles' into certain locations to stimulate the body's healing energy or 'Qi'. Once viewed very mysterious and poorly understood in the Western world, Acupuncture is fast becoming recognised in the world as a safe and reliable method of treatment for many conditions, millions of people worldwide have benefited. 


How does it work?

There are many theoretical models in existence offering explanations for the effects commonly seen during and after Acupuncture treatment. 

Acupuncture has been shown to raise the levels of specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood cells, 'gamma globulins' and anti bodies generally. The 'Endorphine' theory explains how acupuncture can stimulate its own pain killers and 'Feel good' chemical- The Endorphins. Interestingly, these are the body's own naturally produced 'opiates' and some are 200 times stronger than Morphine. 


Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is widely regarded as a safe and reliable therapeutic modality in today's Clinic. 


Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so hair -fine. Great care is taken when inserting so Acupuncture needles will not damage the structures beneath the skin. The needles are painless and often and enjoyable experience. Patients can be reassured that if they relax they should not feel the needle insertion at a lll, feel ins only the accompanying subtle sensations induced by the practitioner moments afterwards. 


What can Acupuncture Treat?

The following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture: 

•   lower back pain

•   neck pain

•   sciatica

•   tennis elbow

•   knee pain

•   periarthritis of the shoulder

•   sprains

•   facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

•   headache

•   dental pain

•   temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

•   rheumatoid arthritis

•   induction of labour

•   correction of malposition of foetus (breech presentation)

•   morning sickness

•   nausea and vomiting

•   postoperative pain

•   stroke

•   essential hypertension

•   primary hypotension

•   renal colic

•   leukopenia

•   adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy

•   allergic rhinitis, including hay fever

•   biliary colic

•   depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

•   acute bacillary dysentery

•   primary dysmenorrhea

•   acute epigastralgia

•   peptic ulcer