Three new ways Acupuncture could help your body

When people think of Acupuncture there is sometimes a misconception of large needles covering the body, but this could not be further from the truth. The stereotype is derived from TV and film, where artistic licence often exaggerates aspects of treatment for dramatic effect.

Acupuncture is a gentle and arguably safer treatment than most modern methods and is becoming more widely recognised within western medicine. Acupuncture treatments are now available on the NHS and due to the promising and consistent results, it is more regularly recommended by GPS.

Improving Health with Acupuncture

Not only is it a treatment that can be used on a variety of ailments, it can also work in conjunction with prescribed medication, helping to reduce unpleasant and unnecessary side effects.

There are many benefits to receiving acupuncture treatments that most people aren’t aware of and so here we have listed a few that have had overwhelmingly positive results.

Cancer Help

One of the biggest uses of acupuncture in recent years has been in cancer patients, either those in remission or those currently receiving chemotherapy.

There have been many studies carried out exploring the effect of acupuncture in this field which have shown many successful outcomes. Patients have found that with acupuncture, they are able to recover much quicker and their immune system feels boosted following treatments.

Studies have also found that patients quality of life is much better with less nausea, insomnia, and fatigue when receiving acupuncture treatments.

At Acupuncture That Works we pioneered a treatment protocol for patients suffering from hot flushes and the results of that study and details of ‘The Guy Protocol‘ can be found here.

Pregnancy

Another key area that many doctors in the UK are recommending acupuncture for is pregnancy and post-partum care.

Pregnancy

With acupuncture treatments being so well documented as helping patients to relax, reduce stress and anxiety it is the perfect treatment for pregnant women.

Unlike other medication which can cause harmful side effects to both the mother and child, acupuncture is a completely safe treatment that seeks to reduce any unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. It not only helps to ease the physical pain and tension expectant mothers may be experiencing but also the mental and emotional strain.

It is however important to ensure that you are being treated by a trained acupuncturist as there are certain points that they are advised to avoid stimulating during pregnancy.

Head Pain

Head pain, whether it be a headache or migraine is one of the most common illnesses in the world as we spend more and more time staring at screens.

As a result of it being so common, people are often reluctant to regularly rely on pills to relieve pain and are now seeing acupuncture as a more long-term and safer solution. Various studies have shown that in terms of chronic tension-based headaches, acupuncture can be a valuable tool.

It successfully reduced pain in patients and allowed them to feel more relaxed and less anxious than they were pre-treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

There are continuous studies into acupuncture, looking to provide evidence that it can be an effective and safe treatment for a long list of sicknesses and viruses.

If you feel that you could benefit from a more natural approach to medicine, then it is worth looking into acupuncture. Not only could acupuncture help to relieve mental or physical pain you may be experiencing, it may also help set you on healthier and happier lifestyle path.


If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

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.

Acupuncture For Migraine Relief

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.

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 the reason you are seeking out the treatment. 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. At Acupuncture That Works all our needles are single use and are safely disposed of by a licensed Waste Contractor.

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, dizziness or nausea, 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.


If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help with your migraines please call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.