This is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK.
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How acupuncture works
Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It’s likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
Traditional acupuncture is based on scientific evidence that an energy, or “life force” flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).
Traditional practitioners aim to use acupuncture to help free up the Qi to flow freely through the body, when it is not flowing freely this can cause illness. Acupuncture treatments can help restore the flow of Qi which in turn helps to calm the mind and restore health to the physical body.
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