What are the benefits of acupuncture?
There is a growing evidence base for acupuncture that is demonstrating how the body responds to treatment and the benefits it can offer for a variety of common health conditions:
Many people will come for acupuncture treatment to relieve a specific problem such as osteoarthritis, headaches or low back pain. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis.
Acupuncture may benefit a wide range of disorders including the following conditions:
Painful injuries and musculo-skeletal disorders including sports injuries, back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, osteo-arthritis, sprains and injuries to soft tissue and their after effects etc
Neurological disorders including headaches and migraines, tinnitus, after effects of stroke, facial paralysis (bells palsy)
Menstrual, gynaecological and obstetric disorders including premenstrual syndrome (PMT), painful periods, morning sickness, malposition of the foetus, delayed labour, insufficiency of breast milk
Male and female infertility
Anxiety states, panic, depression and insomnia
Digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, haemorrhoids and obesity
Urinary tract diseases such as recurrent cystitis and urethritis
Circulatory diseases such as Raynauds disease, intermittent claudication and recurrent cramping
Addiction disorders including tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction
Please contact me about your specific health condition.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
There are several mechanisms by which acupuncture works to effect a healing response:
Acupuncture reduces inflammation by interacting with the immune system.
Acupuncture promotes a relaxation response in the nervous system which promotes healing.
Acupuncture promotes circulation which brings in nutrients and removes waste products.
Acupuncture releases endorphins, the body’s natural opiate painkillers, which reduce pain and promote feelings of happiness