What it isAcupuncture is an ancient system (over 4000 years old) of healing and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a safe healing method.
Acupuncture believes in the balance of energy (Qi) in the body and its harmony with the world around you, which ensures health in a person. To a Western minded person, this means treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms, and seeing the issue cured, not treated.
If the balance is broken because of environmental factors or a person’s internal factors, you get ill. The aim of an acupuncture treatment is to help your body to restore this balance by application of acupuncture needles in the strategic (acupuncture points) in the body. This cures illnesses and if you are undergoing other treatment, increases its effect.
How it worksThe acupuncturist will assess the signs and symptoms of an illness (through a personal interview, tongue and pulse diagnosis) and will offer you an acupuncture treatment according to the Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment principles.
Chinese medicine believes that the universal energy (Qi) flows through 14 channels (meridians) in the body, which are connected to the organs. Qi consists of the two opposing forces (Yin and Yang), which should be in harmony for health. Acupuncture points are located on the pathways of Qi. By inserting needles into these points, an acupuncturist balances the general energy of a person, which makes all the bodily systems work together and return to a healthy state.
What you will feelThe insertion of needles is mostly painless. However, a patient might feel a slight prickle at the moment of insertion. When the needles are in the body, most people feel relaxed. Some patients report an interesting sensation of the energy flowing through the body.
The more relaxed a person is on the treatment couch, the better the results may be. Some people fall asleep during the treatment.
If your energy is very sensitive on the day of the treatment (e.g. menstruation), you might feel a stronger sensation from one or more needles. In this case you might ask the acupuncturist to remove the needle from the problematic area
Conditions treatedThe World Health Organization (WHO) gives a list of conditions that have been treated successfully with acupuncture, which is proven by clinical trials.
Methods and techniques used
- Needling (acupuncture needles can be of various lengths and thickness, chosen by a practitioner depending on the area of insertion)
- Auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture, based on the theory where the whole body is treated by using a single part)
- Moxa (a dry mugwort root substance is burned above the skin to stimulate an acupuncture point)
- Cupping (the application of suction glass cups to stimulate the flow of qi and blood to the area to move pain or stagnation)
- Electro acupuncture (a form of acupuncture in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates mild electric pulses between them and manages pain)
- Gua sha (a folk remedy in China, which is carried out by scraping the skin with a special scraper in order to break up tension; this is like a high-pressure massage)
BAcCThe British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.
It is established in order to maintain the highest professional standards of practice for acupuncture in the UK.
It also promotes evidence-based research to the public, the media and other healthcare providers.
As a member of BAcC, Inna abides by the high standards of BAcC codes. The Code of Professional Conduct governs ethical and professional behavior, while the Code of Safe Practice sets benchmark standards for best practice in acupuncture.