What You Need to Know About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is misunderstood.

Despite being a successful treatment for quite a number of conditions, there are still some who think that acupuncture is just quack.

It’s not.

Acupuncture is a medially recognised treatment for pain management, carpal tunnel syndrome, hypertension and even infertility.

Just ask the World Health Organisation (WHO).

If you’re still undecided on acupuncture, let’s dig a little deeper into this ancient healing therapy.

What You Need to Know About Acupuncture:

  • Acupuncture is old.

Acupuncture has been traced back to China sometime in the 16th century.

Pretty old, hmm?

The Chinese doctors believe that energy is channelled throughout the body and illness is just an imbalance of the energy.

By stimulating the meridian points where energy flows, balance can be restored and illness will be cured.

  • Stimulation by needles.

Before you get the wrong idea – acupuncture doesn’t hurt.

Acupuncture needles are miniscule, pretty similar to a cat’s whisker.

They’re lightly placed on the surface or near the surface of your skin where your nerve endings are or acupuncture points.

Each acupuncture point is stimulated to release certain natural chemicals, such as endorphins or your body’s organic pain killers.

Aside from endorphins, acupuncture also increases your body’s T-cell count which supports your overall immune system.

  • Acupuncturists undergo at least 3,500 hours of training.

Even if acupuncture originated in China, not all who practice acupuncture are Chinese.

In fact, anyone who wants to become a full-fledged acupuncturist must undergo at least 3,500 hours of training from an accredited acupuncture school.

And if you want to have a doctorate in acupuncture – add around 2,500 additional hours to the 3,500.

That’s a lot of time working with needles.

  • Acupuncture can help almost anyone.

If you have a certain condition, especially one that involves pain – acupuncture can help you alleviate the symptoms of your conditions.

Even if you’re well and healthy, acupuncture can boost your immune system and manage stress.

Even cancer patients, who are undergoing chemotherapy, often include acupuncture to their overall treatment because it helps them deal with the pain and the stress.

Acupuncture may not be considered as a conventional medical treatment, but it can be added as a supplementary therapy.

In fact, patients often experience greater results when using both conventional medical treatment and acupuncture.

  • Acupuncture is not magic.

Ancient Chinese doctors. Pricking of needles. Qi.

While all of these might sound like some phrases from a fantasy book or a macabre mythical movie – acupuncture is no magic.

It is a form of therapy, very much similar to physical therapy of psychotherapy.

And as other forms of therapy, acupuncture has a therapy plan.

You can’t expect to be cured after just one session.

That’s just not realistic.

In order to get the full benefits of acupuncture, you need to have regular treatment sessions.

Work a plan with your acupuncturist to suit your needs.

If you’re ready to give acupuncture a try, contact us on 020 7935 1552.

Let’s discuss your health goals and make plans on how we can achieve them through acupuncture.