Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Acupuncturists Information

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure involving insertion and manipulation of needles at more than 1000 points in the human body.
Applied to relieve pain during surgery or in rheumatic conditions, and to treat many other conditions- anxiety/depression, arthritis, asthma, pain, eczema, sports injuries, allergies and hayfever, migraine, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal problems and pregnancy management and delivery.
Acupuncture is used today in most hospitals in China and increasingly by practitioners in Europe, and the United States. Acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States since the 1970s and is now widely regarded as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions.
The Chinese and other eastern peoples have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for about 2,500 years, originally stone needles were used, and later bronze, gold and silver needles. The first medical account of acupuncture was ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ which dates from about 300 BC. Acupuncture is rooted in the Taoist philosophy of change, growth, balance and harmony, and this text outlines the principles of natural law and the movements of life – yin and yang, the Five Elements, the organ system and the meridian network along which acupuncture points are located




Acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago and is one of the oldest and most commonly performed types of medical procedure. The literal meaning of Acupuncture is “needle piercing.” As the name suggests, the procedure of Acupuncture and Acupuncturist involves penetrating the skin with solid, metallic needles that are very thin.
According to Chinese medicine, the body transmits energy or qi (pronounced chee) through pathways or meridians in the body. The unimpeded flow of this energy, along with a balanced Yin and Yang, account for a person’s overall health. Acupuncture targets more than 2,000 acupuncture points along these pathways to ensure the proper flow of energy through the body




What to expect from an acupuncturist
The therapist will ask you to sit or lie on a treatment couch. You may remain fully clothed or be asked to remove outer garments.

He or she will then feel 12 pulses – including one for each internal organ – along the radial artery on the outside of each wrist. The abdomen and certain acupuncture points may also be checked for tenderness or pain.

Next, the colour, shape and coating of the tongue, face and skin are checked for signs indicating those internal organs that have problems. The sound of your voice, your breath and any body odours will be noted and questions asked to confirm the diagnosis.

Acupuncture points will then be selected for treatment and needles inserted, either by hand or through a guide tube. This should be quick and painless. Some people feel a mild sensation as the needles are inserted, but this usually passes quickly.

Most modern acupuncturists use disposable stainless steel needles of fine diameter (0.007″ to 0.020″, 0.18mm to 0.51 mm), sterilized with ethylene oxide or by autoclave. The upper third of these needles is wound with a thicker wire (typically bronze), or covered in plastic, to stiffen the needle and provide a handle for the acupuncturist to grasp while inserting. The size and type of needle used, and the depth of insertion, depend on the acupuncture style being practiced

As few as one or two or more than 20 needles may be used in treatment and they are usually left in for 15 to 30 minutes. A course of ten treatments at weekly intervals is common.

Acupuncture is becoming accepted by the general public and by doctors. Over fifteen million Americans in 1994 tried acupuncture. A poll of American doctors in 2005 showed that 60% believe acupuncture was at least somewhat effective, with the percentage increasing to 75% if acupuncture is considered as a complement to conventional treatment

In the United Kingdom, British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) members observe the Code of Safe Practice with standards of hygiene and sterilisation of equipment. Members use single-use pre-sterilised disposable needles. Similar standards apply in most jurisdictions in the United States and Australia




For details of  Acupuncturists near you, use our Find a UK Therapist pages to locate a therapist in the  following areas:-

Acupuncture Bedfordshire
Ampthill, Arlesey, Aspley Guise, Battlesden, Beadlow, Bedford, Beeston, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Flitwick, Kempston, Leighton Buzzard, Linslade, Luton,Shefford

Acupuncture Berkshire
Ascot, Bracknell, Crowthorne,Earley, Eton, Hungerford, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Sandhurst, Slough, Thatcham, Windsor, Wokingham, Woodley

Acupuncture Buckinghamshire
Amersham, Aylesbury, Bletchley, Botley, Buckingham, Chalfont Common,
Chalfont St. Peter, Chesham, Gerrard’s Cross. High Wycombe, Hyde Heath
Little Chalfont, Milton Keynes, Wolverton

Acupuncture Cambridgeshire
Aldreth, Ashley, Bretton, Cambridge, Eaton Socon, Ely, Huntingdon, March
Norman Cross, Peterborough, St Neots, St. Ives, Whittlesey, Wisbech

Acupuncture Cheshire
Alsager, Chester, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Halton, Macclesfield, Northwich, Norton, Runcorn, Warrington, Widnes, Wilmslow, Winsford

Acupuncture Cleveland
Billingham, Brotton, Eston, Guisborough, Hartlepool, Ingleby Barwick, Loftus
Marske-by-the-Sea, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Seaton Carew
Skelton-in-Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm

Acupuncture Co. Durham
Annfield Plain, Billingham, Chester le Street, Consett, Darlington, Durham
Ferryhill, Hartlepool, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Seaham, Sedgefield, Shildon
Stanley, Stockton on Tees

Acupuncturists Cornwall
Camborne, Redruth, St Austell, Truro, Penzance & Newlyn, Newquay, Saltash, Bodmin
Helston, St Ives

Acupuncturists Cumbria
Abbeytown, Aikshaw, Aikton, Aldoth, Allerby, Allonby, Barrow in Furness
Bowness-on-Windermere, Carlisle, Isle of Walney, Kendal, Penrith, Ulverston
Whitehaven, Workington

Acupuncture Derbyshire
Alfreton, Belper, Bolsover,Buxton,Chesterfield,Creswell, Derby, Heanor, Ilkeston
Long Eaton, Matlock, Pinxton, Ripley, Staveley, Swadlincote

Acupuncturists Devon
Barnstaple, Bideford, Devonport, Exeter, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot, Paignton
Plymouth, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton, Torbay, Torquay

Acupuncture Dorset
Ashley Heath, Bockhampton, Bournemouth, Bridport, Broadstone, Burton, Christchurch
Dorchester, Easton Ferndown, Oakley, Poole, Portland, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster

Acupuncture Essex
Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey, Chelmsford, Colchester
Grays Thurrock, Harlow, Loughton, South Benfleet, Southend on Sea, Wickford

Acupuncturists Gloucestershire
Bishops Cleeve, Bath, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Chipping Sodbury, Churchdown
Cirencester, Dursley, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucester, Kingswood, Mangotsfield
Pillsbury, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Thornbury

Acupuncturists (Gtr.) London
Central London, North London, South London, East London, West London
Barnet, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London
Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey
Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea
Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth Lewisham, Newham, Merton, Redbridge
Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth
Westminster

Acupuncturists (Gr.) Manchester
Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Chadderton, Farnworth, Heywood, Middleton, Oldham
Radcliffe, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan

Acupuncturists Hampshire
Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet, Gosport
Havant, Locks Heath, Portsmouth, Southampton, Totton, Waterlooville, WinchesterAcupuncturists

Acupuncture Herefordshire
Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Bromyard, Hereford

Acupuncturists Hertfordshire
Hertford, Hatfield, Hemel-Hempstead, Watford, Stevenage, St. Albans, Berkhamsted

Acupuncturists Huntingdonshire
Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots, Abbots Ripton, Abbotsley, Alconbury
Godmanchester, Grafham

Acupuncturists Kent
Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay
Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, St Peters, Tunbridge Whtmells, Whitstable

Acupuncturists Lancashire
Accrington, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Cleveleys. Lancaster, Leyland
Lytham St. Anne’s, Masefield, Morecambe, Nelson, Preston, Rossendale, Skelmersdale

Acupuncturists Leicestershire
Ashby-de-la-zouch, Blaby, Coalville, Earl Shilton, Hinckley, Kegworth, Leicester, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby, Oakham, Shepshed, Syston, Wigston

Acupuncturists Lincolnshire
Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grimsby, Hykeham, Lincoln, Louth
Market Deeping, North Hykeham, Scunthorpe, Shapcott, Skegness, Spalding, Stamford

Acupuncturists Merseyside
Liverpool, Bootle, Southport, Wirral, Bebington, Birkenhead, Bootle, Crosby
Formby, Greasby, Heswall, Kirkby, Knowsley, Liverpool, Maghull
Prescot, Sefton, Southport, St Helens

Acupuncture Middlesex
Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Brentford, Eastcote, Edgware, Feltham
Hanworth, Harefield, Hayes, Hounslow, Isleworth, Northwood, Perivale, Ruislip
Ruislip Manor, Southall, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Wembley, West Drayton

Acupuncturists Norfolk
Norwich, Thetford, Kings Lynn, Gt Yarmouth, Dereham, Ashill, Attleborough, Banham
Bawdeswell, Beachamwell, East Dereham, Hairston, Hellesdon, Sprowston, Thorpe St. Andrew
Wymondham

Acupuncturists Northamptonshire
Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Cottingham, Daventry,
East Carlton, Great Oakley, Gretton, Irchester, Middleton, Rockingham, Rushden, Stanion

Acupuncturists Northumberland
Alnwick, Morpeth, Hexham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Acklington, Alnham, Alnmouth
Alwinton, Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Hartley, High Buston, Prudhoe

Acupuncturists Nottinghamshire
Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Arnold, Beeston, Carlton, East Retford, Hucknall
Kirkby in Ashfield, Newark on Trent, Selston, Sutton in Ashfield, Underwood, West Bridgford

Acupuncturists Oxfordshire
Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Abingdon, Alkerton, Ambrosden
Carterton, Didcot, Hayford, Kidlington, North Hinksey, West Adderbury

Acupuncturists Rutland
Oakham, Uppingham, Cottesmore, Wing, Ridlington

Acupuncturists Shropshire
Ackleton, Acton Round, Albrighton, Bridgnorth, Dawley, Hadley, Lilleshall, Madeley
Newport, Oakengates, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stirchley, Telford

Acupuncturists Somerset
Bath, Taunton, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Weston-s-Mare, Burnham-on-sea, Chard, Clevedon
Frome, Highbridge, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Rockwell Green, Street

Acupuncturists Staffordshire
Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Lichfield, Burntwood, Burton upon Trent, Chase Terrace
Chasetown, Hednesford, Kidsgrove, Littleworth, Newcastle under Lyme, Rugeley, Tamworth, Uttoxeter

Acupuncturists Suffolk
Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Acton, Aldham, Alpheton, Beccles, Bungay, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Woodbridge

Acupuncturists Surrey 
Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wimbledon, Banstead, Epsom Esher
Great Bookham, Horsley, Leatherhead, Merstham, Runnymede, Staines, Sunbury, Surrey Heath
Walton on Thames, Weybridge

Acupuncturists Sussex
Brighton, Chichester, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Bexhill
Crowborough, Hailsham, Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Portslade, Saltdean, Seaford
St Leonards, Uckfield, Aldwick, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham
Lancing, Littlehampton, North Lancing, Rustington, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick

Acupuncturists Tyne & Wear
Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Shields, South Shields, Birtley, Felling
Houghton le Spring, Jarrow, Longbenton, Newburn, Wallsend, Washington, West Boldon, Whitley Bay

Acupuncturists Warwickshire
Warwick, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Alvecote, Ansley, Atherstone, Bedworth
Earlswood, Kenilworth, Kingswood, Leamington, Old Arley, Wood End

Acupuncturists West Midlands
Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley, West Bromwich, Solihull, Aldridge, Brierley Hill
Dudley, Halesowen, Acupuncturists inworth, Oldbury, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall

Acupuncturists Wiltshire
Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Marlborough, Warminster, Aldbourne, All Cannings
Allington, Calne, Corsham, Devizes, Melksham, Westbury, Wootton Bassett

Acupuncture Worcestershire
Worcester, Kidderminster, Malvern, Evesham, Astley Cross, Blackwell, Blakebrook, Bromsgrove
Droitwich, Eardley, Great Malvern, Holy Cross, Redditch, Upper Catshill, Wythall

Acupuncturists East Yorkshire
Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Adlingfleet, Aike, Airmyn, Aldbrough, Allerthorpe, Anlaby Common
Arnold, Arram, Cottingham, Driffield, Goole, Hessle

Acupuncture North Yorkshire
York, Northallerton, Scarborough, Whitby, Harrogate, Catterick Camp, Eston, Knaresborough
Middlesbrough, Ratchford, Redcar, Ripon, Selby, Skipton, South Bank

Acupuncturists South Yorkshire
Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham, Armthorpe, Bentley, Cudworth, Darton, Dearne
Ecclesfield, Goldthorpe, Grenside, Hoyland Nether, Wombwell

Acupuncturists West Yorkshire
Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield, Pontefract, Wetherby, Batley, Brighouse
Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Guiseley, Keighley, Morley, Pudsey, Shipley