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Acupuncture has existed as part of the Chinese Medicine system for thousands of years. It is now widely used and accepted all over the world. Acupuncture involves puncturing the skin with fine sterile needles in specific points (Acupoints) to relieve the symptoms of a particular condition. Acupoints are distributed along Meridians: each Acupoint influencing a specific therapeutic action.


Acupuncture treats the whole person rather than an isolated symptom. The Advertising Standards Authority recognises the effectiveness of Acupuncture for: nausea, vomiting, migraine, dental pain and temporary relief for osteoarthritis of the knee. The NHS offers a summary of Acupuncture evidence on its website NHS Choices.


What Benefits Can Be Expected From An Acupuncture Treatment?


Some people choose Acupuncture to help them with a specific problem; other people find it helps them generally maintain good health. A detailed consultation to establish your medical history, diet and lifestyle will always be necessary. Apart from symptomatic relief, patients often report an improvement in their emotional wellbeing as well as feeling more energised.    


Is Acupuncture Painful?


An Acupuncturist might insert a needle into the skin and remove it immediately, or leave a needle in place for approximately 20 – 30 minutes. It is important for the Acupuncturist to locate the De-Qi which can sometimes be felt by the patient as a dull ache or tingling sensation.              


How Safe Is Acupuncture?


In 2001, the British Medical Journal published 2 separate studies. Both concluded that the risk of serious adverse effects for Acupuncture were less than 1 in 10,000. Occasionally, localised bruising might occur. The use of sterile, single-use needles minimise the risk of infection. Your Practitioner has undergone a minimum of 3 years training which also involves patho-physiology. Being part of a Professional Body ensures that the Practitioner abides by strict Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct.        


Wise Owl: Did you know that UK Researchers conducted a study to establish what factors influenced people when choosing an Acupuncturist. The results showed that patients wanted an Acupuncturist to have trustworthiness, technical competence and a medical qualification (degree).


To book an appointment or talk to a Practitioner about your medical condition please contact Mandarin Clinic on 07858 101302 or see more information on our website: www.mandarinclinic.co.uk