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How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which views the body as a complex system of energy pathways known as meridians. According to TCM theory, illness and discomfort occur when the flow of vital energy, or "qi," is disrupted or blocked along these meridians. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate and restore the flow of qi, promoting balance and harmony within the body. This helps to alleviate symptoms, improve overall health, and support the body's natural healing processes.


From a Western perspective, Acupuncture is believed to work through several mechanisms. One theory suggests that Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, triggering the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins (which are natural pain relievers) and serotonin (which can improve mood and promote relaxation). Acupuncture may also modulate the release of hormones, such as cortisol, which plays a role in stress response and inflammation. Additionally, Acupuncture may promote blood flow to the targeted areas, facilitating tissue repair and reducing inflammation. Research suggests that Acupuncture may also have a regulatory effect on the immune system, helping to enhance immune function and reduce inflammation.

Overall, while the traditional and Western explanations of Acupuncture may differ, both perspectives recognise its ability to promote healing, alleviate symptoms, and support overall well-being. Whether viewed through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine or Western science, Acupuncture has been shown to offer a safe and effective approach to addressing a wide range of health concerns.

How many treatments are typically needed?

The number of acupuncture treatments needed can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances. While some individuals may experience significant improvement after just a few sessions, others may require more frequent or prolonged treatment to achieve desired results.

It's important to understand that each person is unique, and factors such as overall health, the severity and duration of the health issue, lifestyle factors, diet, and individual response to treatment all play a role in determining the optimal treatment plan.

For acute conditions or minor health issues, such as recent injuries or temporary discomfort, fewer treatments may be needed to provide relief. On the other hand, chronic conditions or more complex health issues may require ongoing or regular treatments over an extended period to address underlying imbalances and promote lasting healing.

Additionally, consistency and adherence to the treatment plan are key factors in achieving optimal results with acupuncture. While some individuals may notice improvements after just a few sessions, others may require several weeks or months of consistent treatment to experience significant changes.

During your initial consultation, I will assess your individual needs, health goals, and medical history to develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and preferences. We will work closely together to monitor progress, adjust the treatment plan as needed, and provide ongoing support to help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

What types of health insurance do you accept?

The following Health Insurance companies currently accept AAC members- Vitality, Benenden Health, UK Healthcare, Sovereign Health Care, Equipsme, Medicash, Freedom Health Insurance, Simply Health, General Medical, Westfield Health, April, BHSF, Orchard Healthcare, HSF Healthplan and WHA Direct. Please check your own individual policy to make sure you can claim back for treatment,


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