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Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body.

Bodies/Qualifications Recognised:
  • BMAS/Dip Med Ac
  • BAWMA/Lic Ac
  • ATCM
  • BRCP
  • BCM
  • AAC

It is a complementary or alternative medicine. If you choose to have acupuncture, make sure that your acupuncturist is fully qualified. Acupuncture is different, in important ways, from conventional western medicine.

Practitioners (called acupuncturists) use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache, lower back pain and dental pain, but is also commonly used against conditions ranging from infertility to anxiety and asthma. Some scientists and acupuncturists believe that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for the beneficial effects that have been observed in some scientific trials. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that originated around 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the belief that the working of the human body is controlled by a life force called Qi (pronounced chee). This flows between the organs of the body along pathways called meridians or channels. It is believed that illness occurs when the flow of Qi is blocked or unbalanced.

Acupuncture points are located along the meridians. Needles are inserted in these places to unblock or alter the flow of Qi. This is thought to balance the proper flow of Qi and restore health.

What does acupuncture cost?

Most acupuncture patients pay for private treatment. The cost of acupuncture varies widely between practitioners.

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