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.

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 published in the European Journal of Physiology 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 to discuss whether we have experience of using acupuncture to help the symptoms you are experiencing.

What to expect in an acupuncture consultation

At your first consultation, we will ask about your current condition, general health, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Physical examination may include gentle palpation.

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.

Rupert Farrington is our traditional Chinese acupuncturist (TCM).  Rupert is able to help in a wide range of areas using his holistic approach, including chronic conditions, stubborn physical aches and pains, emotional issues, energy levels and headaches.

Rupert is qualified to practice acupuncture with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners and has a diploma in acupuncture from the South West College of Oriental Medicine.

Kevin Partridge is a trained acupuncturist and osteopath and incorporates acupuncture techniques to help his patients suffering from musculo-skeletal pain.

Kevin Partridge is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

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