Can Acunpuncture Help?

When our body, mind and emotions are healthy we feel alive, full of energy, clear headed and happy. As an acupuncturist, I see the body as a harmonious flow of energy needing nourishment, activity and rest to maintain balance.

When our mind, emotions and body are blocked, depleted or used improperly, our sense of harmonious balance disappears, giving rise to all the symtoms of illness. According to Traditional Chinese medical theory Acupuncture can assist the body in healing itself by clearing the blockages and restoring healthy flow.

Inserting acupuncture needles

Many conditions respond to acupuncture, especially those that are stress related, painful or when the body’s functioning has become imbalanced.

Strict guidelines by the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency in force from 1/3/2011) regulate the claims for the effectiveness of acupuncture. In this website, I try to follow these guidelines, however, acupuncture and chinese medicine have a long history of being used to diagnose and treat ill-health in its own unique ways.

Today the efficacy of acupuncture is constantly being challenged and researched by practitioners and other health investigators, and rightly so. Investigations involving acupuncture have been, and are being, made into many health conditions, not only involving pain relief for which there is a growing body of supporting evidence, but also conditions ranging from mental health problems to infertility, IBS, drug addiction, insomnia etc.

Research carried out into tension-type head aches for example showed that acupuncture produced relief though it was not a permanent solution in these studies. However acupuncturists look at the underlying health issues holistically and may be able to offer health advice which would lead to a longer term solution to problems like tension headaches.

At present the ASA have found that the following conditions have been substantiated by western medical science as treatable with Acupuncture, others are still under-going research:

Dental pain Nausea Vomiting Knee pain*

*Pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee (it must be made clear that effects are temporary and that acupuncture is used as an adjunctive treatment, not a stand alone one). Though one of my patients preferred managing his knee pain with acupuncture to the prospect of a knee replacement operation.

Acupuncture Diagnosis

Chinese medicine has its own way of describing health conditions and the translation into western medical terms is often difficult. For example in the translation of named conditions you may bring to your practitioner, like nausea, or osteoarthritis of the knee, there is a complex weave of different syndromes and patterns within which it is understood.

During your consultation all your subjective physical signs, symptoms and emotions as well as life style and diet provide a indicators for the practitioner to identify the imbalances, strengths and weaknesses of your life energy or elemental processes.

Every symptom or health disorder such as migraine, infertility or breathing difficulty has meaning within the eastern tradition. Only with a discussion of your condition will you be able to understand if acupuncture could help you.

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy and any condition giving serious concern should also be taken to a General Practitioner or similar medical practitioner.