Mystery Illnesses? Have you considered Acupuncture?
People just don’t realise how many illnesses and problems acupuncture can help with. In a recent article in the Daily Mail Newspaper, (Jenny Hope, Medical Correspondent) Dr Charlotte Paterson said a cost-effectiveness study would take place, but that GPs could be confident that prescribing acupuncture was ‘safe and potentially effective’.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment available today. This method in which fine needles are inserted into the skin had its origins in China several thousand years ago. It is known that when needles are inserted into specific points in the body (Acupuncture points) chemical changes occur and the transmission of electrical impulses along nerves can be altered. Acupuncture points are electrically different from other areas of the skin.
A number of needles may be inserted at each session and will be left in place for approximately 10-20 minutes. Many people find their treatment very relaxing. Treatments will be repeated at frequent intervals in the early stages and as a response is achieved the periods between treatments will be extended.
Research suggests the most promising area for acupuncture is conditions involving pain and inflammation. One study of hip and knee osteoarthritis, based on more than 700 patients, found acupuncture can significantly lower pain levels and improve quality of life. NICE provides guidelines to the NHS on use of treatments and care of patients, and currently recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain.
Acupuncture does not rely on drugs and can greatly help a wide range of conditions including:-