Everyone should have acupuncture

Everyone should have acupuncture

 A delighted patient recently made this very upbeat comment. When I asked her to elaborate she said “because you treat the whole of me and not just individual parts ”.

 I shared the same point with a group of acupuncture degree students. Here are their responses.

  • It releases natural endorphins and makes you feel good
  • To prolong life
  • Cost benefits to the NHS
  • We all need outside help at times
  • It makes us happy
  • A treatment that gives benefit to the whole family
  • To maintain general health and well-being
  • Treats a condition without the adverse side effects of medicine
  • Treats the whole person
  • Benefits the immune system
  • Boosts energy
  • Restores zest for life
  • Relieves pain symptoms
  • Reduces need for surgery
  • Combats a modern lifestyle

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 One respondent on Twitter who practices acupuncture said

 “I think it should be mandatory for all fertility patients to have six months of natural therapies before attempting Clomid, IVF etc.”

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Back pain and Acupuncture. Have you ever suffered? 57% of people say they just put up with it. Statistics show that nearly 80% of us have suffered with back pain in our lives,  Did you know the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends the therapy for persistent, non-specific lower back pain?

With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies. For more help and advice on treatment for back pain, contact  the Acupuncture Pain Centre (www.acupuncturepaincentre.co.uk).

See what the British Acupuncture Council have to say on back pain at

http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-video/acupuncture-and-back-pain.html

Acupuncture Point LI 4

Acupuncture point LI 4: Large Intestine 4, known in Chinese as ‘HeGu’, is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and first finger (try finding this on yourself). It has a number of interesting uses. Firstly it is very useful in treating colds and flu and especially where there is sneezing (since the LI channel ends at the nose).  It is a great point for the temporary relief of toothache, and indeed is a commonly used point in acupuncture analgesia. It has a strong action in promoting labour which makes it a safe and useful alternative to chemical induction. For this reason it is also contraindicated in pregnancy.

And finally it is commonly used in the treatment of headaches, especially those that affect the front of the head

Acupuncture point LI4 HeGu

Acupuncture point LI4 HeGu

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Celebrity Acupuncture

Celebrity Julie Walters on her night terrors and sleep: ‘At the ripe old age of 48, after 30 years of badly disrupted sleep, I had acupuncture. On that very night I slept through without waking, and the next morning I cried and I cried, grieving for what I had missed.’

(Article courtesy of British Acupuncture council)