Who has acupuncture?
Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder.
Other people choose acupuncture when their body systems are out of balance, even though they have no obvious diagnosis. Some choose to have regular treatment just because they find it beneficial and relaxing.
Pregnant women commonly use acupuncture for support throughout their pregnancy.
Art and science
Early acupuncturists developed a complete system of diagnosis simply through
methodical and detailed observation of the human body. Without the aid of modern equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered, recorded and resolved many now familiar findings of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body.
Acupuncture regulates the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridians.
Modern medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that trace the meridians documented by the early acupuncturists, and the concept of qi seems to overlap with emerging facts about how the body’s cells communicate.
Training as a traditional acupuncturist combines the art of diagnosis with the skill of practice. Developing both is the work of a lifetime and is what puts British Acupuncture Council members at the head of our profession.
How can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. Whatever your particular problem, because treatment is designed to affect your whole body and not just your symptoms, you may notice other niggling complaints also get better with a course of treatment.
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