What is Acupuncture – Your Questions?

What is Acupuncture – Your Questions?


What is Acupuncture? – It is an ancient system of healing used in China for over 2000 years. It has become more popular in the UK over the last 30 years. Its effectiveness in treating many health problems has become evident. Acupuncture began with the discovery that stimulating specific areas of skin affected certain body organs. Over time, it evolved into a system of healing. To start defining what acupuncture is, we need to begin with a diagnosis of the individual’s energy imbalance.

Distributed throughout your body are twelve energy pathways. Each body organ associates with one of the twelve pathways. Each organ has a variety of patterns of energy imbalance called syndromes. A combination of signs and symptoms identify the Syndromes which the practitioner records. This information, together with the observation of the tongue and feeling the pulse, forms the basis of the diagnosis. Personalised treatment can then take place.

Treatment is a process of re-establishing the energy balance. Treatment methods include inserting fine, stainless steel needles into acupuncture points. These either stimulate or sedate the flow of energy of a specific pathway. Generally, you will come weekly, to begin with, and then, as you improve, less frequently. The speed of improvement varies more according to the person rather than the label of the complaint. Dramatic improvement can occur with just a few treatments in some cases. A period of months may be appropriate for chronic disease.

Moxibustion and Cupping is an option. (see adjunct therapies).

Does It Hurt?

Some people would like to try acupuncture but assume it’s painful. However, the needles used are solid and finer than those used for injections. As needles puncture the skin, the slight prick felt is not painful. As the needle reaches the acupuncture point, a dull ache might occur. The sensation felt is generally acceptable and lasts only 1 or 2 seconds.

What About Needle Sterilisation?

The Society’s Code of Practice binds members to stringent hygiene standards. The Department of Health’s Public Laboratory Service also provides guidance. They ensure complete safety against all forms of infectious diseases. Moreover, pre-sterilised disposable needles will ensure their safety.

What Are the Professional Standards?

Training for me took place at the CCIM (College of Integrated Chinese Medicine) in Reading. I am also a member of the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council). I follow the Council’s Code of Ethics and Practice. Moreover, the Council provides Professional Indemnity/ Public Liability insurance for all UK members.

What About My Doctor?

If you have been seeing your doctor, you may wish to advise them that you are having acupuncture. Acupuncturists prefer that you do. If you are on medication. The aim is to reduce or, indeed, eliminate your drug intake in liaison with your doctor.
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