Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture works by inserting extremely fine needles into the energy pathways of the body. The needles release blocks in these channels and stimulate the flow of energy to specific organs. As a result, your ability to heal yourself is activated. Usually, your symptoms are relieved and you feel a greater sense of wellbeing. How long this takes is often related to how long you have had the problems.

Over a 15 year period, over 85% of my patients reported a good change both in their symptoms and their overall feeling of well-being. These results were based on ten treatments or less. Some patients with long standing complaints can take longer.

Based on research, the World Health Organisation has compiled a list of conditions where acupuncture has been proven as an effective treatment. A further list of conditions has been published where acupuncture is proven to be therapeutically effective but where further research is required. Due to the authority of these lists, many people are now able to receive assistance for acupuncture from their medical insurance company. Others are recommended acupuncture by their general practitioner or via the pain relief clinic.

Acupuncture is considered an effective treatment for:

  • many types of pain (including post-operative, back and dental pain)
  • depression
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sciatica
  • stroke
  • headaches

It is also evidenced to treat morning sickness, a breached baby and to induce labour. It is considered therapeutically effective for abdominal pain, addictions (including to opiates and alcohol), cancer pain, bronchial asthma, fibromyalgia, insomnia, male sexual dysfunction, obesity, cancer pain and acne. It has a demonstrated therapeutic effect on female infertility.

The conditions mentioned above are only some of those that have been considered effective by WHO. For a full list please see here:  World Health Organisation.

Useful Links

British Acupuncture Council

World Health Organisation – Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials

Acupuncture Today – What Conditions does Acupuncture Treat?

The Guardian – Rowan Pelling on the links between acupuncture and fertility