Acupuncture, developed over two thousand years, forms part of what is known as 'traditional medicine' in China, Japan and other Eastern countries and today there are over three million practitioners worldwide.

Different variations of acupuncture are practiced and taught throughout the world.

How does it work?

The practice of Acupuncture is thought to have begun with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas or “trigger points” on the skin appears to work by stimulating the nervous system in such a way that causes a release of endogenous opioids and oxytocin.

Opioids are any chemical, such as morphine, that resemble opiates in their pharmacological effects. The painkiller effects of opioids are due to a decreased perception of pain, decreased reaction to pain as well as increased pain tolerance.

Oxytocin is thought to modulate inflammation by decreasing certain cytokines (which act through receptors) and are especially important in the immune system.

What to expect

The acupuncturist will enquire about your general health, symptoms, diet, quality of bowel movements and sleep patterns.

He or she may check your pulse and also press gently on various acupuncture points on the body to check for tenderness or pain.

The sterile needles used in acupuncture are not like syringe needles. They are much thinner (0.25mm) but may range in width and length dependent on where they are to be inserted into the skin.
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The needles will be inserted by hand (sometimes through a small plastic guide tube) into various parts of the body such as the wrists, hands, feet, abdomen and back.

You may feel a mild sensation when the needles are inserted but it should not be painful. Many clients find the sensation extremely relaxing.

As with all complementary therapies, we recommend you seek the advice of your GP or regular medical practitioner before committing yourself to significant therapies, especially those that are physically invasive.

Acupuncture may provide:

  • Short-term relief of chronic low back pain
  • Short-term relief of migraine headache
  • Short-term relief of neck pain or chronic neck pain
  • Short-term relief of tension type headaches
  • Short-term relief from temporomandibular (TMD/TMJ) pain
  • Short-term improvement in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome (through electro-acupuncture at the SP6 point)
  • Temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

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Mark Kiely