Acupuncture

Salil Pande BSc (Hons), MBAcC

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of the traditional medicine of China, which has been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years. In China, it continues to feature in mainstream healthcare both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

Sal trained in the UK, where he witnessed and assisted in the treatment of patients with acupuncture.

Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.

Many people come for acupuncture seeking help with specific symptoms such as nausea, or to relieve specific pains such as that created by osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Some choose acupuncture to help maintain good health or simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.

Very fine sterile needles are inserted into specific, selected points on the body's channels of energy to regulate the flow of 'qi' - your body's vital energy. It is not yet fully understood how this mechanism works physiologically. One theory (that the fluid in the collagen layers making up the bulk of connective tissues in the body provides conduction pathways) indicating a possibility of how this may function, was recently published in the American Journal of Complementary Medicine but this is only one theoretical possibility. Acupuncturists' understanding is that the insertion of needles stimulates patients' own healing responses and helps restore their natural balance, thus promoting recovery.

What’s the evidence for acupuncture?

There is now a considerable body of information as to the effect of acupuncture treatment on different conditions. The British Acupuncture Council has compiled a number of Fact Sheets which can be accessed here. You are welcome to phone Salil to discuss whether he has experience of using acupuncture to help the symptoms you are experiencing.

What to expect in an acupuncture consultation

At your first consultation, Sal will ask about your current condition, general health, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Physical examination may include gentle palpation, feeling your wrist pulses, and looking at your tongue.

You may have to partially undress for treatment, although loose clothing often makes this unnecessary. Consideration is always given to patient modesty and comfort.

Acupuncture needles are exceptionally fine and normally produce a sensation of dullness or tingling, making treatment pleasant and relaxing. They are all sterile and single-use.

Salil Pande is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, 63 Jeddo Road, London W12 9HQ, 0208 735 0400

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday ...... 8.30am - 6pm
Saturday ................ 10am - 1pm

 

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