What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a treatment that helps restore balance between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of individuals. Achieving this balance provides the potential to resolve symptoms and maintain a better level of vitality.

Acupuncture doesn’t treat individual symptoms in isolation, it targets the very root of your problem to manage the underlying causes. This makes it an incredibly powerful treatment. As well as helping to resolve your immediate complaint, it revives you on every level – physical, emotional and spiritual. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Five Element Acupuncture

The practise of Five Element Acupuncture can be traced back thousands of years. This style of acupuncture is based on the understanding of life cycles and the human bodies natural ability to heal itself.

A Five Element Acupuncturist treats patients by activating their own natural responses encouraging the healing process to progress. Treatment is aimed at the root of the condition, as well as supporting presenting symptoms, with the aim of providing a more permanent outcome.

Who has Acupuncture?

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of acupuncture treatment, from small children to the elderly, and it’s not always necessary to use acupuncture needles. Acupressure, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha, can be used for those who are needle phobic.

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of well-being.

Could you benefit from Acupuncture?

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. Ask your practitioner about other patients’ experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

There are a range of conditions considered to be helped by acupuncture which include:

  • Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Digestive and Bowel Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Gynaecology
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hypertension

For more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture visit the British Acupuncture Council web site or contact us.