Acupuncture - Western medical
Western medical acupuncture is a therapy involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, and its practitioners regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture can be useful for many different types of symptoms. It does not have a simple or single mode of action. Instead, acupuncture has a range of effects on various functions. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It is known that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers (endorphin and serotonin) in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain. It also has a beneficial effect on health - patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
The main therapeutic effects of the acupuncture needles are
Stimulation of the nervous system - sensory stimulation
Increasing local nutritive blood flow - acupuncture needling has local effects on the nerves and blood flow in the area of the needle.
Acupuncture causes the release of opioid peptides and serotonin in the spinal cord and brain. These are ‘feel-good’ chemicals - produced naturally by the body.
Musculoskeletal pain is relieved by two effects on the nervous system:
Decreasing the nerve activity at the level where the nerve exits from the spine the segmental effects
By the brain activating the descending inhibitory pathways. Studies using functional MRI and other imaging techniques have shown good evidence that acupuncture affects various parts of the brain involved in pain.
Allan has been using Western Medical Acupuncture to successfully treat patients for the past 2 years.
Length of session: Typically 1 hour
Days/Times available: Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Prices per session: £40
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