Can Acupuncture help migraine sufferers?

Anyone that regularly suffers from migraines knows how debilitating it is and more importantly how you would do anything to subside the pain. Therefore, as a result of typical Western pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen having little to no effect on severe migraines, many people have turned to Acupuncture. As with any medical treatment, there are studies that oppose and support the effect of Acupuncture but over the past decade, there has been an increase in research evidencing the relief it has provided sufferers of chronic migraines. This is also further substantiated by The World Health Organisation who have in fact endorsed acupuncture as a viable and promising treatment for pain relief since the late 1970’s.

So, how exactly does Acupuncture subside migraine pain?

Acupuncture theory is based on the idea that the body is comprised of energy or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) that is in a continuous flow. If there is a blockage in your body this flow of Qi is stopped causing pain or illness to the correspondent area of the body. Acupuncture seeks to help restore this flow of energy by targeting and stimulating specific points on the body with hair-thin needles. In terms of the pain relief aspect, because the Acu-points are usually located close to nerves, when stimulated they will release hormones such as endorphins into the body. In turn, this is what will help relieve any chronic migraine pain and promote relief and relaxation in the brain.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture comes with very little side effects when carried out by a licensed and trained practitioner. The only minor side effects that you may experience during your first session is slight bruising and fatigue as your body internally and externally adjusts to the new treatment. With that in mind, it is extremely important to research your acupuncturist before booking your first appointment. One of the best ways to do this is to visit their website and look for customer testimonials, particularly for what you are seeking out the treatment for. This should give you a clear and honest idea of how the acupuncturist works and how effective the treatment is. When you do arrive at your appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions and watch to see the way in which the practitioner stores and uses the needles. One of the biggest health risks in any medical field is the use of equipment that is not sterile as it poses a serious health risk.


Whilst acupuncture is a safer alternative to traditional medication with little to no side effects, it ultimately cannot wholly take the place of being treated with medication. Often Acupuncture works best when coupled with medication as it can help subdue any unpleasant side effects of the treatment. Some headaches and migraines will require more immediate medical attention and it is important that you seek out this help instead of waiting to receive acupuncture. If you are experiencing symptoms such as being light-headed, dizzy or nauseous it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible as sometimes there can be more severe underlying issues such as allergic reactions, blood clots or blood pressure spikes.

How Acupuncture may help with Weight Loss

Weight loss is an issue that affects most people and with the average clothing size in the UK now being a 16, many people are eager to shed the pounds. However, losing weight can be extremely tough not only on your body physically but also mentally.

There are so many fad diets, exercise regimes and everything in between it can be hard to know what is best for you without harming yourself, but this is where acupuncture comes in.

back-acapunctureAcupuncture works as a complementary therapy with your diet plan, helping to ensure you stay on track and stay healthy.

There have been many studies carried out which have produced results suggesting that combining acupuncture with a standard diet helps individuals to lose more weight overall. That being said, many people have misconceptions of what acupuncture is, based on dramatised Hollywood versions with large painful needles which look like a method of torture.

In reality, acupuncture is a very gentle process which involves inserting hair fine sterilised needles into specific acupressure points on your body. In doing so the needles will then stimulate a reaction in your body to release hormones such as endorphins.

It is hormones such as these which promote relaxation, reduce feelings of stress and generally bring about physical and mental calm. It is this calm that can help you on your weight loss journey instead of stress eating or turning to unnecessary medication.

This derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine and within this, there is the belief that weight gain, particularly large weight gains in a short period of time is caused by an imbalance in the body.

In all acupuncture theory, when something is wrong it is derivative of an imbalance but in terms of weight gain, it is thought to be a problem with the spleen, kidneys, and liver. To counteract this imbalance, acupuncturists will stimulate the point on the body which correlates to the affected area.

The kidneys, in particular, are in charge of the water in your body and therefore any water retention issues will lead back to this area. By addressing areas such as these you will begin to see a big difference in your physical appearance provided you are also sticking to a traditional diet.

Auricular AcupunctureMost people find that they only require acupuncture once a week or once every two weeks to maintain their diet and continue with a healthy lifestyle. Many patients also report that actively seeking out this support gives them the added motivation to keep going as each week they want to see results.

Despite the importance of the physical side of acupuncture, the individual’s mental state is equally as important as without a positive attitude and motivation you will quickly slip back into bad habits.

To continuously lose weight you must be in the correct mental state which is why acupuncture seeks to maintain healthy hormonal balance in the brain. By releasing endorphins, the brain begins to destress which puts you in a much better mindset to stay on track.

If you find keeping a balance in your life something of a struggle, why not try acupuncture and see what it could do for you? Call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and book an appointment at your nearest clinic.

Disclaimer

The ASA has upheld complaints about ads that refer to acupuncture but where it was not made clear that any relief achieved was temporary or “short-term” (Eileen Mannion Acupuncture, 18 October 2017). The ASA is likely to accept advertising claims about the sensory effects of acupuncture including claims about well-being or references to “feeling revitalised”, “more positive” or “relaxed”.

5 ways that acupuncture can help your health and wellbeing in 2018

Every year we create resolutions to help us be fitter and healthier but physically and mentally but as January and February slip into March on we could all do with a boost to help us along the way.

One of the best and increasingly popular ways of achieving this is to receive regular acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture can benefit your health and wellbeing in numerous ways whether it be for a specific ailment either physical or psychological or simply to improve your overall health.

Most people believe acupuncture is for relieving back and neck pain without realising how much it can offer which is why we have compiled a list of 5 ways in which acupuncture can help you.

Acupuncture for Anxiety

One of the biggest issues facing people today is anxiety, but for many, taking medication is a last resort. Because of the broad range of potential side effects associated with anxiety medications more and more people are turning to acupuncture.

Acupuncture can help calm you physically and mentally, relieving the stress caused by anxiety and allowing your body to return to a state of harmony.

Another issue associated with anxiety can be the inability to stay present and grounded in a world when there is so much going on around you, making your mind race.

Mindfulness and Acupuncture

Practising mindfulness is something that goes hand in hand with dealing with anxiety especially in an increasingly fast pace society.

With so much happening around the globe and in our personal lives it can be hard to stop and care for yourself. This is why acupuncture can be a healthy and relaxing solution to help you better understand how your body is feeling. Having the ability to understand when something is wrong with your body will help you to restore balance, keeping you mentally and physically healthy.

Acupuncture for Sleep issues

The most effective way to heal your body is through rest and if you’re not getting your 8 hours you can’t operate at 100%.

Acupuncture Could Help

Acupuncture is one of the few natural methods of aiding you in getting a better night’s sleep whether it be getting to sleep, staying asleep or getting a more restorative rest. Unlike sleeping medication, acupuncture won’t cause any unpleasant side effects or dependencies; it simply works in unison with your body to promote internal harmony and relaxation.

Acupuncture for Digestion

Another common ailment most people tend to suffer from is poor digestion and consequently, poor bowel movements. This is often down to a number of life choices whether it be poor eating habits, dehydration or even stress.

Acupuncture can not only help you to regulate your digestive system, the process can also help you to better understand which lifestyle choice is causing this problem so that you can change this.

Acupuncture for Energy Levels

Finally, the biggest health complaint you will hear people speak about daily is how tired they are and how little energy they have. Whilst most people will turn to quick caffeine fixes such as coffee and energy drinks, these will only provide a temporary solution and cause you to crash soon after.

Acupuncture is a healthier way to combat fatigue and low energy as it will not cause any adverse effects in the way other stimulants can. By providing your adrenals with the boost they need, you will be able to give your body the energy it needs.

If you are struggling to achieve a balance in your life then why not call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and see if acupuncture can help?

Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance?

Stress is a condition which in fast-paced modern day life seemingly affects us all. Most of the time we are able to find ways of dealing with it, but what happens when it becomes too much and begins to affect your health?

According to figures provided by the Office for National Statistics, in the UK 30 million employees took a total of 15.2 million days off work due to stress in 2013. This is because when stress is not properly dealt with it can develop into more serious illnesses both mental and physical, making it one of the biggest causes of work absenteeism.

As a result, employers are now taking new and innovative steps to keep their employees healthy and happy by recommending traditional acupuncture.

Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance? Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medical treatment for a number of ailments. As a result, in recent years it has become increasingly westernised and used in place of more intrusive medications with unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system which allows the release of neurochemicals in the brain. In turn, this promotes a chemical change in the body which results in improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Stress is one of the most common problems that patients suffer from and one of the hardest to deal with because of the numerous associated symptoms. Although stress begins as a mental and emotional based condition, it is not long before other aspects of your health can be affected.

Anxiety and depression are other mental issues that may occur, but physical problems such as headaches, IBS, insomnia, chronic muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue can also develop.

Over the years, numerous studies have been carried out to explore the beneficial effects of acupuncture on stress and the results have been more than promising. By targeting specific areas of the brain, calm and relaxation are promoted as the ‘analytical brain’ which causes stress is deactivated. It also is able to help reduce the sensitivity to stress and pain that patients experience by promoting the release of serotonin and endorphins.

Cheshire based Acupuncturist and owner of ‘Acupuncture That Works’ Emma Guy has spent many years working with patients dealing with stress and had this to say;

Emma Guy Cert Ac AHPR‘Throughout my time as an acupuncturist, I have treated many patients who as a result of high-stress jobs were suffering from both physical and mental ailments. In each instance after just a couple of acupuncture treatments, patients are able to feel consistently relaxed and rejuvenated”.

Acupuncture treatments can only take full effect when carried out by a trained and licensed practitioner, which is why it is always advisable to seek a reputable and ATCM (The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK) approved acupuncturists.

A Warm Welcome to Jenny Thomas!

We’re delighted to welcome Jenny to the team at Acupuncture That Works! Jenny’s passion for Chinese medicine was fuelled by her study of martial arts over the past decade.. She experienced the healing qualities of Qi Gong and acupuncture first hand, on a physical and emotional level, and began to get more involved with the theories and philosophies which lay behind these arts . This led naturally on to the study of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Tuina medical massage. She also continues to study Qi Gong which she incorporates into her treatments where applicable.

She studied at Shulan College of Chinese Medicine and Jade College of Oriental Medicine, gaining diplomas in Tuina and Acupuncture and has worked successfully in Scotland and Didsbury over the last year.

Jenny has a background in western medicine, naturopathy and herbalism and has always been interested in different healing modalities. She brings enthusiasm to her work and has a true desire to aid others in their quest for health.


To book an appointment with a member of the Acupuncture that Works team call us today on 0800 051 76 88.

Cupping and Acupuncture

After a summer of up and down weather your body may be left feeling slightly unbalanced. In these times most people would look to see how many more vitamin supplements they can find to take but unsurprisingly, this isn’t the answer. When it comes to your body feeling unbalanced why not try looking at more traditional methods such as acupuncture and cupping. Cupping is a treatment that has blown up over the summer after Olympic athletes and celebrities have been seen with the marks of the cups all over their bodies. In this article we will be discussing what this unique treatment is and the ways in which it works.

Cupping and Acupuncture

In some respects, cupping is similar to a massage in the sense that pressure is still being applied but it is being sucked up through the cups. These cups are usually made of either glass, plastic or more traditionally, bamboo and works by creating an air vacuum that suctions out the air. This pressure that is then created pulls your skin, underlying tissue and muscles upwards and holds it. Often this treatment is coupled with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatments to complement its effects, but is not always necessary. The purpose to all of this is ultimately to help improve circulation in your body, relieving any pain that has built up in certain areas and remove any toxins that are trapped.

What is involved in a Cupping session?

During the treatments, patients will often feel a tingling and tight sensation in the area the cup is placed but this can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. If it does become slightly uncomfortable your practitioner won’t hesitate to remove the cup. The amount of time that the cup is generally left on varies depending on what the practitioner believes to be advisable based on your problems. Each treatment will be different and cups can be moved around or left longer depending on the day and how your body reacts. After the treatments you may notice that your skin has turned a red or purple colour – this is normal, particularly if the cup was placed in an area that had an underlying blockage or previous injury. This change of colour can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks but will generally not cause you any pain or discomfort. You do however have to wait until the marks have completely disappeared to begin another treatment so that the skin and blood vessels are not damaged.

Cupping Methods

There are generally two main methods of cupping that are used within the treatment, those being fixed cupping and moving cupping. Fixed cupping is exactly how it sounds in that the cups are placed onto the problem area of the body and then left there for the duration of the treatment. Moving Cupping, again just as the name would suggest is where the cups are periodically moved around the body throughout the treatment. As you can imagine with the suction technique this could be quite painful which is why your practitioner before placing any cups will massage the area with oil so that they can easily slide around when necessary.

Cupping is a treatment that is not only reserved for world class athletes, it can help anyone in a number of ways. Whether you are suffering from pain, anxiety, constant fatigue, stress, cold and flu like symptoms, muscle pains, skin conditions or any other ailment, cupping is an extremely beneficial treatment.

Book a session!

Interested in booking a cupping treatment? Contact us today on 0800 051 76 88 or fill out our contact form. We have clinics throughout the North West of England including Northwich, Ashton-under-Lyne and Salford.

A Warm Welcome to Elle!

Elle Owen

We’re delighted to welcome Elle to the team at Acupuncture That Works! Elle is a qualified Reflexologist and is also a Level 2 Reiki healer. Elle will also be starting her studies again as a Student Acupuncturist, with a view to becoming qualified before 2019. She comes with a wealth of clinical knowledge in treating fertility patients privately and cancer patients as she has also been a part of the therapist team at St Luke’s hospice for over four years.

We think Elle will be a great addition to the ATW team, Please help me join in welcoming her.


To book an appointment with Elle or another member of our staff call us on 0800 051 76 88.

Acupuncture Awareness Week 2017 – What you need to know.

Beginning the 6th of March, Acupuncture Awareness week aims to promote the practice of Acupuncture in the UK. The event is supported by the British Acupuncture Council.

Throughout the week, you will find members throughout the UK using this opportunity to speak to as many of you as possible about traditional acupuncture. With over 2.3 million treatments taking place every year acupuncture has quickly become one of the more popular complementary therapies available in the UK.

There will be a number of talks, open days and exhibitions going on throughout the country over the next week. Keep an eye out and get involved from the 6th until the 12th of March.

If you’re interested in trying acupuncture or want to find out more call Acupuncture That Works on 0800 051 76 88. We can help with a range of issues such as pain including headaches, dental issues and sports injuries as well as sickness and body revitalisation.


For more information visit http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/.