Acupuncture

Tui Na

Tai Chi

Dominic

Rushmore

Actively Promote Your Health and Wellbeing

Why use a BAcC Member?

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. We are a member-led organisation; with over 3,000 members we’re the home of traditional acupuncture in the UK, led by an elected governing board and driven by a specialist staff team.

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Traditional acupuncture forms a part of traditional Chinese medicine in which the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance. Originating in China and other far Eastern cultures, this ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years and today is widely used and accepted all over the world.

Traditional acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing.

What is Acupuncture?

Who is it for?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they simply feel generally unwell. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feelings of well-being. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages. Acupuncture is often chosen to help with a variety of conditions and used in conjunction with western medicine. Increasingly women are choosing to have acupuncture to support them throughout pregnancy, labour and after giving birth.

Complementary implies alongside medical treatment, not instead of.  You should not hesitate to discuss any concerns with your GP or other doctor.

You can get more information about which conditions acupuncture has been used for by visiting the British Acupuncture Council  website  www.acupuncture.org.uk

Independent quality mark for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

Since February 2013, patients and the public have been able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The BAcC's register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.

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What happens when I go for a treatment?

The first session: this can be an hour and half as a case history needs to be taken. You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatments you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist may also feel your pulses on both wrists, and ask to look at your tongue.

As long as we are both happy to proceed you will receive a treatment after this.

Bear in mind that the acupuncture points used are not always close to where you experience the problem in the body. For example, although you might suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.  Also points in your torso may be used.

Follow up treatments are generally less than 45 minutes.

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests and so they are much more comfortable on insertion.  Once in place the needles are generally left for 15-20 minutes and there may be some needle sensation during this time.  It could be a dull ache, or feel warm or cool.  The overall experience is usually quite relaxing.

How many sessions will I need?

Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long term. You will normally be asked to have a treatment once a week at first.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record.

The needles used are pre-sterilised, single-use and are disposed of after use.

Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all are such reactions are short-lived.

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