Acupuncture

Acupuncture

This is a natural, virtually painless method with amazing results.


Acupuncture is a treatment that involves piercing the skin with extremely fine needles. It is used to relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the body’s ability to heal itself. It has been used in China for over two thousand years, and has increasingly been used in the West since the 1970s.

Over the past thirty years there has been considerable scientific research into acupuncture, and we are now beginning to understand how it works. We can be sure that the effects of acupuncture are not all in the mind. It’s increasingly being used alongside conventional medicine. The distinction between complementary, or alternative, medicine and orthodox medicine is becoming blurred as the benefits of acupuncture become accepted by conventional doctors. Acupuncture is used in the vast majority of NHS pain clinics and is being offered by an ever increasing number of GPs and hospital doctors.

Now introducing ‘NeoAcu’ acupuncture pen which painlessly inserts needles into the specific points of the body, perfect for those that don’t like needles.


NeoAcu is the world’s first automatic needle inserter, AcuPro is the innovative product, which is well received from the related medical community in and out of Korea. The NeoAcu enables prompt needle application. It can be used for all types of acupuncture methods (body, ear etc). The hygienic and speedy handling is designed to guarantee patient satisfaction. Needle application is fast and precise so that the patient is hardly aware of the puncture procedure. Since the individual needles is not visible for the patient, the system is especially suitable for the children or for timorous patients. The needle penetration depth is regulated by means of the control guide

What conditions can be treated?

Acupuncture is particularly effective in treating painful conditions, but its uses are by no means limited to these.

Acupuncture can be especially helpful in the following conditions:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Rheumatic and arthritic pains
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea (including early morning sickness of pregnancy)
  • Period pains
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Bladder problems such as overactive bladder or mild incontinence
  • Allergies, such as hay fever and urticaria As an aid to stopping smoking
  • Sinus problems and catarrh
  • Infertility
  • Muscle pain

Very large claims have been made for acupuncture in the past that cannot be substantiated. It is not a panacea for all ills, but used appropriately, acupuncture can be an extremely effective treatment.


How does it work?


Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle and can produce a wide variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphins and enkephalins – and it is widely used to relieve pain. Acupuncture also increases the levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with mood and emotional health. It is no coincidence that patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment. Modern research has found that acupuncture can affect most of the body’s systems: the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Traditional Chinese theory believes that there are channels – or meridians – running all over the body though which energy – or qi (pronounced chee) – runs. When these channels become blocked, the energy fails to travel smoothly around the body and illness ensues. Modern science has been unable to detect evidence of these channels; nevertheless, inserting acupuncture needles into traditional points along the meridians can have a profound effect. What can I expect from treatment?

Each patient’s case will be assessed, and treatment is tailored to the individual. The first consultation will take a little longer as this will include a more detailed history and examination. Very fine acupuncture needles are then inserted into the body. Sometimes the needles are only left in for a few seconds, but 10 to 20 minutes is a more usual treatment length. The first treatment is likely to be on the shorter side, using perhaps only a few needles, so that the initial response to acupuncture can be gauged. The number of needles used varies greatly, but can be any number from 2 or 3 up to around 12. They may be inserted anywhere in the body depending on the symptoms being treated.