How Acupuncture Can Help You

Acupuncture can be used for people of all ages with a wide range of conditions. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps to resolve your problem in a more lasting way, and enhance your wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems disappear as your main health complaint improves.

Chinese medicine describes health problems in terms of patterns, which are different for each person just as symptoms vary. For nearly every named condition you bring to your practitioner, like dental pain, or osteoarthritis of the knee, there is a variety of different syndromes and patterns within which it can be understood. Every symptom has meaning within the eastern tradition, and often seemingly unconnected symptoms can be understood as part of the same underlying Chinese Medicine pattern.

Acupuncture can help with many acute and chronic painful conditions such as headache or migraine, or musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain or muscle and tendons strains. Acupuncture relaxes the mind and body and can restore natural balance through homeostatic processes. Acupuncture is used for digestive problems such as IBS, chest problems ranging from sinusitis and allergies to asthma, and bladder problems. Many women use acupuncture for heavy, absent or painful periods, or to support fertility, and acupuncture can help people through the transition of menopause, for example helping to relieve hot flushes and mood changes.

Life Stages

Acupuncture and associated techniques can be used in childhood, for adolescents, during pregnancy, to complement medical treatments and psychological therapies, and into old age. Life changes such as moving house, bereavement, getting divorced, and even getting married can present their own stresses and strains on our health and wellbeing. A course of acupuncture can help to bring us back into balance. Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium.


Chinese Medicine has benefited from enquiry and research since ancient times. It has developed and refined its unique understanding of health and illness, and its treatment techniques, over more than 2,000 years. Modern scientific research continues to identify the benefits of acupuncture for patients with many conditions, as well as investigating and measuring details of different ways that acupuncture affects the Qi, nerves, blood flow, fascia and muscles and systems of the body.


Information about research into acupuncture can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website, including a variety of acupuncture factsheets about subjects such as respiratory disorders, headaches and migraines, digestive disorders, IBS, anxiety and depression, back and neck pain, stress, osteoarthritis, acute and chronic pain, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, bladder and bowel disorders, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, sciatica, tennis elbow and carpel tunnel syndrome, and many more.

Hugh MacPherson

The UK’s first Professor of Acupuncture Research, he has been involved in many acupuncture studies.

Evidence Based Acupuncture

A compilation website of scientific studies showing the benefits of Acupuncture.


British Acupuncture Council research factsheets.

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