Western Medical Acupuncture
Dr Janet Greenway MB;ChB;DA;FFARCS
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical practice originating in China over 3000 years ago. In recent years it has become an increasingly used technique in the West
Put very simply, the Chinese view of acupuncture is that there are 14 channels or meridians in the body channelling a vital energy or ’’qi’’. When this flow is disturbed, the balance of the body is altered and illness results. Stimulation of acupuncture points by various methods can restore the balance.
Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA) is an adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine. WMA is the form of Acupuncture practiced predominantly by conventionally trained healthcare professionals in western countries particularly UK and Sweden
WHAT IS INVOLVED
Treatment consists of very fine needles inserted in different parts of the body for up to 30 minutes, sometimes in positions distant from the site of the condition being treated. The needles usually cause little or no discomfort. I recommend a course of treatments of up to six sessions although of course you may finish at any time. If no improvement is felt by six weeks then acupuncture probably will not work for you.
DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture does not work for everyone; symptoms improve in about 70% of people. Belief in acupuncture seems to make no difference to the result of your treatment.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Session costs £45.
Course of six costs £240
The initial session will take up to 1 hr to allow time for a full history and examination. Subsequent sessions last 30-45 minutes.
IS IT SAFE?
Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that occur are usually minor. During acupuncture the body releases endorphins, natural chemicals which can relieve tight muscles, aches and pains and increase feelings of well-being. Some people feel tired after a session and we advise that you do not drive immediately following the first treatment. Some symptoms may not show signs of improving straight away and this will be monitored at each session. Acupuncture needles are sterile and are disposed of safely after each use so there is no risk of transmitting disease.
HOW LONG DOES THE EFFECT LAST?
Improvement may be permanent or where there is physical damage e.g. in osteoarthritis, treatment may need to be repeated every so often to keep pain free.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Here are a few common conditions that I have treated:-
migraine, whiplash, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, painful or irregular periods and menopausal symptoms.
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