Acupuncture

A Solution for many Conditions

Western medical acupuncture (WMA) is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While WMA has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”.

WMA acts mainly by stimulating and balancing the nervous system, releasing chemicals that help reduce pain and inflammation and influence mood and mental state. WMA helps balance the bodies internal environment, know as homeostasis and this fascilitates and increases the body’s healing potential.

WMA is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. Practitioners of WMA tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system.

Neil is trained in full body and auricular (ear) acupuncture as well as electro-acupuncture (electrical needle stimulation). Neil trained with the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA) at Liverpool John Moores University Medical Institute. Neil has also trained with John Howard, a retired American milltary medic and acupuncturist who studied Battlefield Acupuncture with the developer Dr Richard Niemtzow.

Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA), which was developed by Dr Richard Niemtzow is a very powerful technique that uses specific points in the ear to quickly reduce or eliminate pain. For more information on BFA please click here.

WMA can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a wider treatment approach.  Treatment duration may vary depending on the specific condition being treated. Often, only a few treatments are required to get the desired effect.

Click here to see a comprehensive list of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture as stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the study ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS

What Acupuncture can Treat

Below is a list of conditions that are more commonly seen in practice and that respond well to acupuncture:

  • Joint (osteoarthritis) pain
  • Symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Muscular pain
  • Neck/low back pain
  • Chronic widespread pain
  • Headache/migraine
  • Inflammation
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Fatugue

There are various other conditions that respond well to acupuncture so please contact us if you would like to know more.