What is acupuncture?

acupunctureAcupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on your body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

How does it work?

Medical research has shown that the insertion of needles at particular ‘trigger points’ stimulates sensory nerves to release substances, such as endorphins, that can reduce symptoms.

The traditional Chinese theory suggests that an energy known as Qi flows through the body along channels called meridians and if the flow is blocked it can cause ill health. Acupuncture aims to restore the flow of Qi and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

This short video explains how traditional acupuncture works.

What are the uses of acupuncture?

Evidence-based clinical research shows that acupuncture can help with a variety of common health problems. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic tension-type headaches and migraines.

There is also evidence showing that acupuncture can help with short-term relief of chronic neck and low back pain. New recent research has also shown it can be effective at relieving nausea.

Many people have acupuncture at The Forge Clinic in Richmond to relieve specific pains or health conditions like insomnia or bowel issues. Some choose acupuncture when they feel their body is out of balance, and others have regular treatments because it makes them feel revitalised, more positive and relaxed.

The latest facts on the benefits of acupuncture

The British Acupuncture Council has produced up to date research factsheets showing how acupuncture may be beneficial for over 60 different conditions. You can read them here.

Our qualified acupuncture practitioners are registered with the British Acupuncture Council and have a wealth of experience and success in treating all kinds of conditions from infertility to insomnia.

Acupuncture for fertility problems

For more information on Acupuncture or if you’re looking for help with fertility issues click here>

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

If you’re looking for help to relieve your fibromyalgia symptoms, our qualified Acupuncture Practitioners at The Forge Clinic, Richmond have extensive experience in supporting people with this painful condition. Click here for more information.

If you would like to book an appointment with our Richmond Acupuncturists, please give us a call on 020 8332 6184, email us at info@theforgeclinic.com. Alternatively, you can book online.

Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.