Traditional Acupuncture Blaby, Leicester
Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine - a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.
Without the help of modern scientific equipment, ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effect of emotional stress on the immune system. Traditional acupuncturists are no less scientific or sophisticated than western clinicians in their understanding of how the body functions, although to this day they use terminology that reflects Chinese medicine's cultural and historic origins.
Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.
Relax! You have already found the website of a properly trained Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist with a degree and license in Traditional Acupuncture but, just in case you are still looking around ..
Scarily! There is no minimum training time required to call yourself an acupuncturist and practice acupuncture regardless of qualifications or experience; this is of deep concern and we must question safety and efficiency when selecting a practitioner. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), members are all acupuncture practitioners with a minimum of 3 years (3,500 hours) of acupuncture specific training at degree level and more than 400 clinical hours experience before qualifying. Members of the British Acupuncture Council are subject to a code of conduct, practice and complaints procedure and the BAcC is the only UK acupuncture regulatory body accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
How can you be sure that your acupuncturist is properly trained, insured, will treat you ethically and is using real Chinese medicine knowledge to inform their treatment?
Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to facilitate healing. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to encourage the body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK
ACUPUNCTURE FOR INJURY
ACUPUNCTURE FOR PAIN
Acupuncture helps musculoskeletal pain by
providing pain relief - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008).
reducing inflammation - by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007;Zijlstra 2003).
improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility - by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.
reducing the use of medication for back complaints (Thomas 2006).
providing a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time (Radcliffe 2006;Witt 2006).
improving the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises (Ammendolia 2008; Yuan 2008).