Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body. It has been used for thousands of years in China and has received approval from the NHS as a form of complimentary therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (such as joint ache and muscle pain), migraines and headaches.
From an ancient Chinese perspective, Qi is the life energy that flows through the body via a network channels known as meridians. When Qi does not flow freely through the meridian system, it becomes the root cause of diseases, which manifests itself through different forms of symptoms. The application of acupuncture needles into acupoints along the meridian helps to address imbalances in Qi. By restoring the natural flow of Qi within the Meridian system, the body's natural healing abilities will become unhindered.
Research from the western medicine perspective have shown that acupuncture needles stimulate nerves underneath the skin which subsequently promotes the production of pain relieving opioids by the brain, thereby inducing a calming sensation on the body.
Here at the Chinese Medical Centre, we specialise in using acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, migraines, headaches, stress-related anxiety and insomnia. Only the finest pre-sterilised single-use needles are used for our treatments (0.18mm - 0.25mm) for complete safety and peace of mind. During the session, acupuncture is combined with acupressure and Tui Na to enhance the the relaxation of muscles and aid recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture feel?
How many session will I need?
The number of sessions required will depend on your condition, your general physical vitality and whether your symptoms are minor or chronic. We look for the cause of disease beneath the symptoms and some people experience immediate relief and others, particularly those with chronic symptoms, take longer to resolve and attend weekly for several months. If an illness has built up over a period of time you need to be prepared to give your body time to overcome it.
Is acupuncture the right treatment for me?
We recommend all patients to book an initial consultation appointment. During these appointments, the doctor would ask you some questions regarding your general health, check your vital health indicators and advise you the best course of action for your particular condition.
How many needles will you use for each session?
The number of needles used will vary depending on your condition and the location to which the needle is appled. Generally speaking, we use between 10-20 for each session.
How long are the needles left for?
This will vary based on your condition. Generally speaking, a needle can be left for 10-20 minutes before it is removed.