If you decide to use acupuncture to promote wellbeing, you will be following a traditional Chinese medical practice which has lasted over 3000 years. Nowadays acupuncture is both widely recognised and widely available as an alternative or complimentary medicine, often used alongside conventional medicine. Some GPs now offer acupuncture on the NHS, although they are still quite few , but many more have BAcC (Britsh Association of Acupuncturists) members working within their practices.
Acupuncture works by inserting needles into some of the 500 acupuncture points in the body , where they stimulate the production of endorphins , the body´s own pain relieving chemicals. Traditional Chinese acupuncturists believe they correct the flow of QI through the body´s meridians , putting it back into balance and helping the body both to heal itself and guard against disease.
As well as being used to relieve pain, acupuncture is used to treat such conditions as stress and insomnia. Many acupuncturists will use manipulation alongside it to sort out muscular skeletal problems. Conditions such as back pain and arthritis are commonly treated in this way.
The whole process is pain free, with little more than a tingling sensation when the tiny needles are inserted and can be extremely relaxing, inducing a feeling of great relaxation. Even people who have a fear of needles find that they are quickly able to accept the gentle process. Ensure that your practitioner is qualified and experienced and you will be in the safest of hands.
If you have never tried , it really is worth following the example of millions of others who are currently benefiting from the help that traditional Chinese acupuncture can bring.