In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them. Some people have acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve pain, reduce the need to use medication or avoid surgery. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance or maintain their sense of health and well-being.

​Acupuncture is suitable for all ages and can be used alongside conventional medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s physical and mental balance (equilibrium). It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘Qi’, your body’s vital energy. In TCM it is believed that the flow of Qi can become disrupted, depleted or blocked because of physical trauma, injuries, illness and different lifestyle and environmental reasons such as poor diet, poor posture, overwork and emotional upset. This can result in symptoms of pain, ill-health or a general feeling of being unwell.

​Western Medicine

Scientific research has been studying the mechanisms of acupuncture for years and has come up with several physiological explanations. One major finding is that acupuncture sends signals to the brain and this results in the brain releasing hormones and chemicals that have a pain relieving (analgesic) effect, such as endorphins. These hormones will lead to less pain, improved healing and enhanced feelings of happiness.

Electro-acupuncture involves the delivery of mild electrical stimulation through some of the inserted acupuncture needles at specific points.

Cupping involves the application of circular cups to the skin.  A vacuum is produced in each cup by a flame and this causes the underlying tissue to stretch into the cup through suction.

Ear acupuncture (auricular acupuncture) is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body.

The World Health Organisation published an official report listing several symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture.  These include:

– Depression
– Headache
– Facial pain and paralysis
– Digestive disorders
– Circulatory disorders
– Nausea and vomiting
– Morning sickness
– Post-operative pain
– Stroke
– Essential hypertension
– Radiation / chemotherapy reactions
– Menstrual pain

– Low back pain
– Neck pain
– Sciatica
– Tennis elbow
– Knee pain
– Dental pain
– Arthritis
– Sprains
– Hay fever
– Induction of labour
– Allergic rhinitus
– Leucopenia

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Your Specialists

Claire Parker

Clinic Owner and Director
Physiotherapist & Acupuncturist