Acupuncture

Providing Professional Complementary Healthcare

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called 'qi' (pronouned 'chee') flows along specific pathway, called meridians, thoughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balances. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.
How acupuncture works
Acupuncture improves the body's functions and promotes the natural self healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites - commonly referred to ac acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topics herbal medicines and linaments.

Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body's natural healing response thought various physiological systems. Modern research had demonstrated acupuncture's effect on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body's various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
How many treatments will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex of long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualised treatment plan that included the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
What conditions are commonly treated for acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats condition ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia and infertility.
How much does it cost?
Acupuncture is covered by some health insurance plans, but not all. If your plan covers acupuncture, our staff will bill your insurance company for the service, and you will be responsible for any co-payments required. If your plan does not cover acupuncture, you may still received the service of a cash fee.

The price for acupuncture if £50 per session.
Case controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture had been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions :
• Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
• Biliary colic
• Depresson (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
• Dysentery, acute bacillary
• Dysmenorrhoea, primary
• Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
• Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
• Headache
• Hypertension, essential
• Hypertension, primary
• Induction of labour
• Knee Pain
• Leukopenia
• Low back pain
• Malposition of fetus, correction
• Morning sickness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Neck pain
• Fibromyalgia and fascitis
• Gastrokinetic disturbance
• Gouty arthritis
• Hepatitus B virus carrier status
• Herpes Zoter (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
• Hyperlipaemia
• Hypo-ovarianism
• InsomniaLabour Pain
• Lactation, deficiency
• Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
• Ménière disease
• Neuralgia, post-herpetic
• Neurodermatitis
• Obesity
• Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
• Osteoarthritis
• Pain due to endoscopic examination
• Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
• Post-extubation in children
• Postoperative convalescence
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Prostatitis, chronis
• Pruritus
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