Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation. This means it can treat a range of conditions.
Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment. It balances the body’s systems through the application of fine needles to specific points. The most commonly used points are between the hand and elbow, and the knee and foot. Acupuncture regulates the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. When qi is balanced, health is restored.
It is one of a range of treatments collectively known as Chinese Medicine. Other therapies include herbal medicine, massage (Tui Na) and exercise (Qi Gong).
Acupuncture originated in China and other Far Eastern cultures. It is still part of mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and combined with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.
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There is a growing body of research supporting the benefits of acupuncture:
- The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a series of fact sheets. These summarise research on a variety of conditions that acupuncture can help with.
- The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidance and advice on improving health and social care. NICE recommends acupuncture for the treatment of tension headaches.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) produced a report listing a wide variety of diseases and disorders that can acupuncture can treat.