Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It's likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines for the use of acupuncture. They currently recommend considering acupuncture for:
Chronic tension type headaches
Acupuncture is also widely used for chronic pain resulting from other musculoskeletal conditions.
Alex Does not currently offer acupuncture for addiction or fertility. if you are unsure if acupuncture is suitable for you, please get in contact before booking.