For information on acupuncture, visit the British Acupuncture Council website at:
Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve the symptoms of some physical conditions, and is best known for giving pain relief; but it also encourages the body to heal and repair itself, where it can.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves in skin and muscle, producing a variety of effects. Scientifically, we know that it increases the release in the body of the natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin. Many patients report an improved sense of wellbeing and deep relaxation after treatment, and some patients also report feeling revitalised and more positive after acupuncture.
Acupuncture needles are single use and are about the thickness of a human hair. They are inserted through the skin and left in position for up to twenty minutes, sometimes using manual or electrical stimulation. Acupuncture can help with dental pain, nausea, the temporary relief of pain associated with osteo-arthritis of the knee, short-term pain relief from tension-type headaches, and again, temporary pain relief for lower back pain.