What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest natural healthcare systems in the world, having originated in China over 2000 years ago. It is a distinct medical tradition that has been practiced for centuries as a preventive medicine and also as a natural way to treat acute and chronic conditions.
The link between physical ailments and the way we think about and experience life is clearer than ever. This connection has been a part of acupuncture’s broad view of health since its early conception.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment - it looks at the person as a whole and not as a collection of disconnected symptoms. When you first come to the clinic, I will ask you questions about your health, lifestyle and your reasons for coming for acupuncture. This helps to build a complete picture of your health and to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Approaching health with a focus on wellness, not just the absence of disease is one of the strengths of acupuncture. Treatment considers the relationship between your body, mind and emotions, and the effect they have on your health.
Patients often report not simply relief from the condition that took them for acupuncture, but an improvement in overall well-being, increased energy, and greater enjoyment of life.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into acupuncture points. These points are located long meridian (or channels) that connect different parts of the body. Your practitioner will select points to use according to your diagnosis and treatment plan. The insert of the needles prompts certain actions in the body to remove blockages, enabling the flow and balance of Qi (the body's energy) in the meridians. Acupuncture aims to treat the whole person to restore the body’s equilibrium, enabling the body to better heal itself.
Most acupuncture treatments last around 40 minutes. Some patients feel immediate benefit; for others, a course of treatment is required for most complaints.
Cost can often be an issue, preventing people from returning for regular treatment. The Rugby Acupuncture Clinic is a community clinic that provides low-cost, affordable acupuncture. The reduced fee we offer makes acupuncture accessible to more people in the community. This makes it possible to receive more frequent treatment to feel the benefit for longer periods and, subsequently, have maintenance sessions to keep up the sense of general wellbeing.
Why do people come for acupuncture?
In recent years, acupuncture has become increasingly recognised as a complementary therapy in the West, used by people with many different acute and chronic conditions, in addition to the treatment of pain. The types of conditions that patients seek acupuncture for include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds and flu
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Post-traumatic stress disorder
You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk