Acupuncture has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years as an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a safe and effective system of healing that can be used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses. According to Chinese philosophy, our physical health is dependent on the balanced flow of Qi, the universal life force. The smooth flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, including emotional stress, anger, fear or grief, hereditary dispositions or outside influences such as poor nutrition, infection or trauma. Since prehistoric times, the Chinese people have evolved a complex theoretical framework based on practical clinical experience to guide a trained acupuncturist to restore these imbalances by the insertion of very fine needles into energy-channels called meridians. In this way an acupuncturist aims to stimulate the bodies own healing power and restore the innate equilibrium and harmonious state of balance of the physical and emotional aspects that constitute health and wellbeing.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.
Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.
There are no side effects from acupuncture when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that might occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.