Heal – Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles, which go back nearly two thousand years, helping alleviate and sometimes cure symptoms of numerous common conditions as well as more complicated ones.

This practice has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to encourage the body to promote natural healing.

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture after a proper medical diagnosis. The treatment involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It is based on scientific evidence that shows the treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue. This results in the body producing pain-relieving substances, such as endorphins. It is these substances are that are responsible for any beneficial effects seen with this form of acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be very effective for people struggling to get any relief from symptoms who have made no progress in finding a cure for their condition. In some cases acupuncture has provided a long-term solution in relieving patients symptoms that have previously impacted on their daily life.

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner. Many patients often find the treatment very peaceful and relaxing. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer today. Independent surveys from the British Medical Journal concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

Conditions where acupuncture can be very effective in treatment include;

Stress related symptoms Skin complaints such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
Anxiety Headaches & Migraines
Lack of Energy Musculoskeletal Injuries, Spasm and Inflammation
Insomnia and Poor sleep Pain Management
Digestive Problems such as IBS Relief from Neuropathy/Nerve Pain or Sensation

Known as the “non-surgical” facelift, Cosmetic Acupuncture and specialist massage techniques have become a completely natural alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic acupuncture or ‘facial acupuncture’ is best known for its anti-ageing results. It acts by stimulating the muscles and improving blood flow which in turn promotes plumping, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and some deeper wrinkles, freshening the complexion by creating a lifting effect.

Very fine needles are inserted directly to the area to create tiny trauma effects under the skin in order to encourage and enhance collagen production. This process helps fill in wrinkles and plump skin, similar to the results of Botox, fillers or plastic surgery. This makes it the best natural alternative as a preventative anti-ageing treatment.

Acne and acne scarring respond very well to cosmetic acupuncture as the more efficient blood flow carries free toxins and dispels them so that the skin can clear and also plump any pitted scarring. Patients most commonly have a positive response after just one treatment, but after 3 to 4 treatments the skin is much more noticeably clearer and brighter.

The treatments can also help with drooping eyelids, tightening of pores and reducing the appearance of bags under your eyes.