Acupuncture is an ancient practice used to promote health by tapping into the body’s energy system. It is a safe and effective form of medicine that has been practised in the East for thousands of years. In Britain today more and more people are seeking acupuncture and finding it effective for treating a variety of health issues. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches and low back pain, or for fertility issues. Some women have acupuncture throughout their pregnancy. Other people choose acupuncture when their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. NICE, the
the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends acupuncture on
the NHS for back pain, migraines and headaches. The respected Scottish
Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) recommends acupuncture for chronic pain. Because an acupuncture treatment is designed to affect your whole body, not just your symptoms, you may notice other niggling problems resolve
during a course of treatment.
Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing as researchers evaluate the best ways to measure how the body responds to it. To date the focus has been on pain
management. Around the world, clinical studies are being conducted to understand how acupuncture can be beneficial for many more conditions. You can read factsheets about the latest acupuncture research at www.acupuncture.org.uk
Helen Pinguey graduated from The College of Traditional Acupuncture with a degree in Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture. She has a general acupuncture practise and treats many conditions from frozen shoulder to IBS, and has a special interest in women’s health including fertility, pregnancy and the menopause and has attended further training courses in these areas. She has also trained with Paul Adkins founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and is qualified to carry out this anti-ageing, non-surgical and skin revitalising form of acupuncture.
She is a member of both the British Acupuncture Council which is the largest governing body for the acupuncture profession in the UK and Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. Further information can be found at www.stillpointacupuncture.co.uk