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Close range picture of an acupuncture needle inserted into a lower leg

ABOUT
ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is a medicine system originating in China over 2000 years ago and uses fine needles inserted at specific points on the body.  The theory behind Traditional Acupuncture is that it restores the free flow of energy (known as Qi) around the meridians of the body, to promote the body's own healing response and restore physical, mental and emotional balance.

 

Western Medical understanding is that the insertion of fine needles stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and cause neurochemical messenger molecules to be released.  The biochemical changes that result from this influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

More detailed information about the modern scientific understanding of acupuncture is available in the "Miscellaneous" section of the FAQ page of the British Acupuncture Council website.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?

It can be used alongside Western Medicine and other therapies in the majority of cases.  It is strongly advised to raise any health concerns with your GP.  

 

Whilst many people turn to acupuncture to help with a specific condition, others just use it to help restore feelings of balance and wellbeing.  It can also be used preventatively as part of your healthcare routine.

Acupuncture is currently included in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE] guidelines for migraine/tension headaches and chronic pain:

More information about specific conditions can be found on the British Acupuncture Council's website, where evidence Factsheets are available.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Since acupuncture involves needle insertion, occasionally this can leave a very small bruise.  

To safeguard against unwanted side-effects, you must advise of any medication you are taking.  Please always mention if you are feeling too hot, are feeling hungry or thirsty, or need to use the bathroom.

CAN I GET ACUPUNCTURE UNDER MY PRIVATE HEALTHCARE POLICY?

Sarah is a registered AXA Health Medical Acupuncture Provider.

Many other Private Healthcare providers already include cover for acupuncture from a British Acupuncture Council member in their policies.  However, terms and conditions vary, so please check with your provider about your particular scenario.

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