About Acupuncture

Who has acupuncture?

A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Some pregnant women have acupuncture throughout their pregnancy. Other people choose acupuncture when their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

What is the evidence?

Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing as researchers evaluate the best ways to measure how the body responds to it. To date the focus has been on pain management. Around the world, clinical studies are being conducted to understand how acupuncture can be beneficial for many more conditions. You can read factsheets about the latest acupuncture research at www.acupuncture.org.uk; a list of factsheets and where to access them can be found towards the bottom of this page.

See what research says about your condition

Read the British acupuncture council Research fact sheets

See www.acupuncture.org.uk for research factsheets; it includes the following plus others:

Allergic rhinitis; Anxiety; Back pain; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Chronic fatigue syndrome; Depression; Dysmenorrhoea; Eczema and Psoriasis; Endometriosis; Facial pain; Female fertility; Fibromyalgia; Frozen shoulder; Gastrointestinal tract disorders; Headache; Hypertension; Infertility ART; Insomnia; Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); Male infertility; Menopausal symptoms; Migraines; Nausea and vomiting; Neck pain; Osteoarthritis; Premenstrual syndrome; Raynaud's; Rheumatoid arthritis; Sinusitis; Stress; Substance misuse; Tennis elbow; Thyroid disease; Tinnitus; Urinary incontinence; Vertigo;

Tension, computer positioning, injury all play a part in our day to day aches and pains. Acupuncture and Tui Na focus on the areas of discomfort to relax muscles and relieve pain.