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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treating a myriad of health conditions. It works by helping the smooth flow of energy or Qi, pronounced chee, travel around the body, using energy channels or pathways called meridians. When you are healthy the flow of Qi is regular and balanced, but when the flow is interrupted or disrupted disease or pain occurs. Acupuncture is performed by placing a small number of sterile needles into points on the body, which to help balance and improve the flow of Qi in these meridians.


Today Traditional and Five Element Acupuncture are fully integrated by the practitioner to cope with all the needs of modern life in a holistic way, this can benefit a myriad of conditions, according to the British Acupuncture Council, the conditions most commonly seen by acupuncturists are:


  • Musculo-skeletal
  • Pain control
  • Gynaecological + Fertility


In May 2009, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence or NICE, said in their article; “Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain” CG88**, that patients should be offered a course of 12 sessions of acupuncture.


Acupuncture can also be used for conditions such as a breach baby or inducing a late birth, the World Health Organization concluded that “Acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment”* the list of conditions includes:


  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Pain relief
  • Hay fever
  • Digestive disorders
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Depression


World Health Organisation (WHO). (2002). Acupuncture: review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials. Geneva: WHO Publications.