Complementary Acupuncture at He Luo Clinic

Often seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM).  NHS general practices, including the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK use Acupuncture.


How does acupuncture work?

There is no simple answer to this question. In the Orient, it is sufficient to say that acupuncture stimulates and regulates our energy (or Qi). Within the West, we are always looking for another explanation. That more easily fits into our concept of what medicine is and how medicine works. Unfortunately, no one can firmly say, acupuncture works by such a method. 

We do have some understanding of how acupuncture works, but we don’t have the complete picture.  China uses acupuncture as an analgesic for operations. It is understood, that the insertion and manipulation of acupuncture needles stimulate the production of the body s own natural painkillers – endorphins. At the other end of the scale, very gentle stimulation of the small toe of 34 weeks pregnant woman, can cause the baby to turn into the correct position if it is lying in a breech position. This would not stimulate the body s endorphins. Instead, other theories have emerged about the effect it has on the adrenal glands…another model for another type of acupuncture. In short, there are many theories about how acupuncture works but there are is no one conclusive answer.


Does acupuncture work?

When the needle penetrates the skin you are unlikely to feel anything as the needles are not much thicker than a human hair. You will experience a slight sensation when the needle reaches a certain depth. This can be a feeling of numbness, or a mild ache, or an alive sensation, or even like some people describe it as weird. Most people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and positive experience.


Why should I have acupuncture?

There are many possible reasons for considering acupuncture treatment and of course everyone has their own motivations. Acupuncture as a complementary treatment is a safe and effective form of medicine. It is holistic and aims to regulate the energetic of the body and bring it back into balance. Treating  both the symptoms and the root of an illness. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture can identify imbalances in the body at a very early stage. Acupuncture can treat signs and symptoms that may not have a clear Western medical diagnosis.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been practised over 2000 years, offering a well-established medical system, which has developed from observation and practice. Acupuncture can help you come off certain prescription drugs (with your GP’s consent). Acupuncture can be a useful complementary alternative if you do not wish to take prescription drugs for whatever personal or medical reasons. Offers a unique perspective of how we view the body and therefore can often give more understanding about a disease process and how it may have developed. Lastly, acupuncture may be the last alternative after trying everything else! It is not uncommon for patients to come to the clinic as a ‘last measure’.


Will I have to get undressed to have Acupuncture?

Most of the acupuncture points are located between the elbow & hand, and the knee & foot. Therefore, for many conditions, it is only necessary to roll up trousers & shirtsleeves – provided the clothes are loose enough! Obviously, there are occasions when it is necessary to remove clothing down to underwear, such as when treating back pain. Although the pain may be in the lower back, it is often necessary to treat the whole spine especially if there is a long history of back problems. For women, it is better to unclip the bra when lying face down on the couch so that doctor can feel the muscles & acupuncture points on the back. The doctor will leave the room after treatment while you redress.