What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a holistic energetic system based on Chinese expertise that aims to re-balance the body and its flow of energy, both to maintain and regain health. It strengthens the healing powers of your body.


Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years and is still used as a main therapy and in combination with Western medicine. In the West it has gained in popularity and people seek help for acute and chronic pain or simply to maintain good health. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended in 2009 that acupuncture should be made availablable on the NHS for the treatment of non specific lower back pain.

The World Health Organisation lists the following conditions for which controlled trials for  acupuncture have been carried out:


  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain



  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow


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