How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture works by the insertion of microfine needles at specific points along the meridians also known as channels, of the body in order to repair, rebalance and correct the nutritive energy and flow of the vital energy, known as ‘Qi’ that may have become blocked or depleted.

These main channels are connected to the more internal channel systems at various depths inside the body which flow alongside the blood supply of arteries veins and capillaries that reach and supply the tissues and cells of internal organs, muscles and skin.

There are 365 points along the different channels, the acupuncturist selects the appropriate ones to reharmonize and rebalance the Yin/Yang and the Five Element system.

Why choose acupuncture

Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy.

Acupuncture is also chosen when the patient is not prepared to accept or is suffering from the side effects of western medicine prescription drugs or wishing to try acupuncture first when faced with the possibility of needing surgery if symptoms do not improve.

As acupuncture works at the hormonal level it is appropriate for use in women’s health issues (click through link) such as menstruation irregularities and menopausal symptoms.

A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder.

Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.

The Acupuncture Treatment

An initial consultation of medical history and body diagnosis is required before any treatments can begin and are part of the first appointment to include the treatment which takes an hour and a half.

Follow up treatments take fifty minutes to an hour.

The treatment may include the application of Moxa or Cupping, Guasha or Tuina to enhance the treatment for the individual patient.


Moxa Stick


Gua Sha

If you have any queries or unsure if acupuncture is suitable for you, please feel free to contact Amanda on the helpline she is happy to offer advice to answer any questions you may have.

The British acupuncture council have provided further helpful information on all aspects of Acupuncture and treatments it is available to see by clicking here.

Amanda Jane Mills BSc Hons Lic Acupuncturist is an accredited member of the Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners

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