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The practice of Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in Ancient China as one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes herbal and dietary remedies, tui na/massage, Qi Gong/breathing exercises, cupping etc. Acupuncture involves the insertion of disposable, very thin, solid needles at specific points on the body to effect some change on the system. 

Ancient theories view Acupuncture as one method of correcting imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi (loosely translated as vital energy) through channels or meridians that cover the body. With the advent of modern science, we are able to explain the changes that occur during and after an Acupuncture session including: increased immunity, endorphin theory serotonin and noradrenalin release), circulatory effects and the gate control theory.

Acupuncture should not be painful when performed by a qualified practitioner however; some patients do report sensations such as tingling, aching, heaviness etc. In fact, many patients become very relaxed and may even fall asleep with this form of healthcare frequently being described as a period of deep stillness in which nothing seems to be happening. As everyone responds differently to treatment, some patients may feel the relaxation described above, whereas others may feel energized.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment includes:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy    

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)    

  • Depression

  • Dysmenorrhoea    

  • Facial pain    

  • Headache

  • Hypertension

  • Knee pain

  • Low back pain

  • Nausea and vomiting    

  • Neck pain    

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain    

  • Rheumatoid arthritis    

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain    

  • Stroke    

  • Tennis elbow


In addition, WHO notes diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)    

  • Bell’s palsy    

  • Bronchial asthma

  • Cancer pain    

  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation    

  • Cholelithiasis

  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  • Gouty arthritis    

  • Herpes zoster    

  • Insomnia

  • Ménière disease    

  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic

  • Obesity    

  • Osteoarthritis    

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Premenstrual syndrome    

  • Raynaud syndrome    

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS)

  • Spine pain, acute        

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