“The World Health Organisation has recognised acupuncture as effective in treating mild to moderate depression – Dr Weil”

Acupuncture is a healthcare system originating from China based on ancient principles dating back nearly two thousand years. Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely and signal that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.

Acupuncture aims to treat a range of conditions, though is most commonly used for pain relief.

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How it works

Specific acupoints on the body are stimulated by the penetration of thin needles, or by heat, pressure, or laser. Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion, cupping therapy and moxibustion (using a stick of dried mugwort to burn into the skin or apply with needles). Stimulating these acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi (chi, energy, life force) through channels known as meridians, and triggers the body’s natural healing response.


  • Increasing circulation and blood flow
  • Augmenting skin and muscle blood flow
  • Decreasing heart rate and reducing elevated blood pressure
  • Regulating autonomic nervous system
  • Normalising gastro-intestinal function
  • Boosting immune function
  • Balancing reproductive hormones
  • Improved respiratory health
  • Reduced muscle fatigue recovery time
  • Improved and faster recovery from injury, illness and surgery
  • Symptomatic relief, especially helpful in reducing side effects of chemo and other radiation therapies
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Improved mood and concentration
  • More restful sleep
  • Stress reduction
  • Emotional balance

Uses of Acupunture

  • All types of pain relief, especially effective on lower back pain
  • Alleviates nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, after an operation, or in pregnancy
  • Allergies such as hayfever and eczema
  • Mental health conditions, such as depression ad anxiety
  • Substance addictions and dependencies
  • Digestive disorders, including IBS
  • Infertility and menstrual problems in women
  • Sleep disorders, e.g insomnia, and fatigue
  • General and specific infections
  • Illness prevention and supporting general good health