Acupuncture Treatment

A brief history

Acupuncture originated in China around 3000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses acupuncture to alleviate ill health by the restoration of a normal energy (Qi) flow throughout the body. This is done by placing small needles in specific points in the skin which are often left in place for a short while and sometimes stimulated. Modern research has revealed that one way in which acupuncture works is that it stimulates small nerve endings in the tissues causing the body to release it's own natural painkillers (endorphins) which reduce the level of pain experienced. Additionally it appears to activate the body's natural healing mechanisms.

 

Acupunture today

The growing research support for acupuncture has seen it become more accepted alongside conventional medicine. It is starting to be appreciated for it's assistance in reducing pain (and the amount of painkillers people require), enabling earlier return to normal function, and with the benefit of having minimal side-effects.

 

The effect of acupuncture treatments appear to accumulate with a typical treatment course taking 5-8 treatments, although for some individuals this can be less. Treatment courses can provide long-term relief of problems.

Conventional acupuncture uses pre-sterilised, single use, disposible needles.

 

If you are a Blood Donor your physiotherapist can supply you with a certificate which confirms that your acupuncture treatment has been carried out by a registered Chartered Physiotherapist which allows you to continue being a Donor, uninterrupted.