What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine in which a therapist inserts fine needles into specific areas of the body to help with a variety of ailments.

How does it work?

Acupuncture works on the body's motivating energy, known as qi, to help it to move smoothly through the pathways in our body. The needles go into these channels under the skin and help the body to restore its balance. When the flow of qi is not smooth, ill health can result, so acupuncture aims to redress the balance of the qi to help the body to heal again.

The therapist may manipulate the needles from time to time to help to regulate the flow of the qi.

What ailments can it help?

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments. It is often used alongside conventional medicine and treatments. Acupuncture can be used for some of the following complaints:
  • pain, including back pain and migraines
  • arthritis
  • women’s health (including during pregnancy)
  • and various other conditions.
For more information, please contact the British Acupuncture Council.

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