Acupuncture

Acupuncture in Basingstoke

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years – Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach. It is still practiced today in modern hospitals throughout the Far East alongside modern western medicine. Now this holistic form of medicine is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and America.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which vital energy runs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also provides a useful complement to orthodox medicine, as it can treat chronic or recurring problems such as backache, migraines and asthma, and can reduce the use of drugs in many conditions. Sometimes it can make sense of illnesses that modern medicine has difficulty treating.

How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the life force known as qi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body and through the 360 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations, energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.

In Western medicine the effects of acupuncture are explained by using concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are seen by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Acupuncture practitioners say that the stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body’s natural painkillers.

Effectiveness

Acupuncture is able to relieve symptoms and a improve the functioning of the immune system, regulate organ functions and create an enhanced sense of happiness and well-being. Doctors increasingly recognise the validity of acupuncture treatments as one of the most valuable complementary therapies. Acupuncture can treat a very wide range of health problems – the World Health Organisation drew up a list of 140 conditions, which are responsive to acupuncture. In 1996, a draft report on the clinical practice of acupuncture was reviewed at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture held in Cervia, Italy. After the meeting several years of investigation continued resulting in a WHO publication concerning the outcome of clinical trails of acupuncture.’Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.’ (Pdf Report)
This publication is intended to facilitate research on and the evaluation and application of acupuncture. It is hoped that it will provide a useful resource for researchers, health care providers, national health authorities and the general public.