I like the idea, but I hate needles!
You are in good company! Many people who came to enjoy regular acupuncture treatments were first scared of needles.
I like to emphasize that the true Eastern concept of acupuncture (Chinese: 针灸 pinyin: zhēn jiǔ) includes much more than needling. The actual word means "needle and moxibustion", which is a usually pleasant heat therapy. Of course, needling is the primary skill of a trained acupuncturist, because it is very effective in bringing about change. Acupuncture needles are tiny, nothing like those used for injections or blood sampling, and the treatment is not experienced as so invasive (read more under "needling"). Also, at Heaven and Earth Health, depending on how I assess your condition, I may employ elements of no-needle techniques.
What will my treatment include?
Learn about the particular techniques here:
Who can benefit from treatment?
Everyone who wants to improve their health! Whether you have symptoms affecting your daily life or want to increase your physical and mental stamina. Because the beauty of Traditional Eastern Medicine is its individual treatment of People, one is never too unwell, too old or too young to benefit from acupuncture treatment (and related No-Needle Therapies). This includes:
- pregnant women,
- babies and children,
- the elderly,
- sports practitioners,
- those undergoing serious medical treatment (such as chemotherapy)
- ...and those who are simply a bit too stressed !
Conditions suitable for acupuncture treatment
Acupuncture and related No-Needle Therapies can bring relief in:
- localised pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee;
- systemic conditions, such as nausea and vomiting;
- it can enhance physical and mental well-being;
- ...and more!
Acupuncture was one of the first Complimentary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) discussed by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NICE writes guidelines for the NHS, based on very careful scrutiny of available scientific evidence and the efficacy of financial cost.
NICE currently recommends acupuncture for non-specific low back pain (Clinical Guideline CG88, published 2009), migraines and headaches (Clinical Guideline CG150, published 2012), and acupressure for pregnancy nausea (CG62, published 2008).
As research develops, these guidelines are periodically updated. You can find out more about research on acupuncture for particular health conditions at the official website of the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture.org.uk.