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The Benefits of Acupuncture

How Can Acupuncture Benefit You?
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” - Hippocrates
Traditional Acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the presenting condition. This reflects the holistic nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Along the course of your acupuncture treatment you will be given diet and lifestyle advice which will be based on the medical history which will be taken on our initial meeting, the aim of this is to enhance the acupuncture treatment and hopefully create a better understanding of the traditional Chinese medical theory.
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” - Hippocrates
Pain Related Conditions
Acute pain due to injury or sudden onset (i.e. headache, sciatica, whiplash etc.) or chronic pain due to a long term condition (e.g. most forms of arthritis, neurological problems etc.)  need to be assessed in order to be able to relieve the pain and also get to the root of the problem. Modern medicine will often turn to pain killers and advise that the patient gives the condition time and rest in order to relieve the pain. TCM aims to relieve the pain whilst treating the underlying cause, and can be used effectively alongside modern palliative medicine without the many side effects that drug based intervention brings.
Stress Related Problems
Stress affects each individual differently and it can manifest in many ways: anxiety, headaches, digestive problems, depression, tiredness, sleep problems or generally feeling unwell, to name but a few. The human body is not built to be able to cope with long term stress and our response to stressful situations is often 'fight or flight'. We all have different constitutions with our own strengths and weaknesses, this is something that modern medicine often fails to recognise, with Traditional Acupuncture every patient and their treatment is diagnosed and administered to them individually.
Please see the A-Z of Acupuncture on the British Acupuncture Council website for a more detailed explanation of how acupuncture can help a range of different conditions.
 Traditional Acupuncture can be beneficial for a number of conditions and problems, if you are unsure as to whether acupuncture is right for you, please contact me and we can have a chat about whether Acupuncture is a suitable treatment option for you.
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