Three in ten people are unaware of how traditional acupuncture can help them, according to a survey by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). While more than 21% are too scared to try acupuncture because they think the needles are as large as ones used for injections, when they’re actually as fine as human hair.
However acupuncture can help with many different conditions and has many celebrity supporters. Olympic swimming legend Rebecca Adlington relied on acupuncture throughout her career for pain relief and Celine Dion used acupuncture to improve her chances of getting pregnant.
TV presenter and Style Editor Donna Air first had acupuncture to cope with the stressful demands of live TV and now has regular sessions to help maintain good health. “I’ve always found it’s worked brilliantly,” she said in an interview supporting Acupuncture Awareness Week. “I start a treatment feeling slightly strung out,” she explains, but afterwards “I feel my body just completely rebalanced again.”
So how does acupuncture work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient principles which go back over two thousand years. The treatment involves placing extremely fine, sterile needles painlessly at specific points on the body. This has the effect of stimulating endogenous opoids (the natural pain killers) and other neurotransmitters such as serotonin (the “happy hormone”) produced within the body. Many people report areduction in pain and a general well being boost with acupuncture.
What can acupuncture help with?
All kinds of people turn to traditional acupuncture for help with a specific health problem, such as infertility, insomnia, anxiety or headaches. You can read the latest research on how acupuncture can be beneficial for over 60 different conditions here.
Many people choose to have treatment to maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Over 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out every year by British Acupuncture Council members.
Who can have acupuncture?
Acupuncture is considered suitable for everyone. Acupuncturists are experienced in treating any age, ranging from infants to the elderly, and each treatment is tailored to the individual.
Try acupuncture and save 20%
To mark Acupuncture Awareness Week we are offering new patients an Initial Consultation and Treatment lasting 90 minutes for just £76 off peak, £80 peak (normally £96/£100) up until the 25th March 2017. *
Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.
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