Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Andrew works at (Click below for map)
The Practice Rooms, 26, Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RH
For Advice or Appointments
(Appointments available on some EVENINGS & WEEKENDS)
The principle aim of ACUPUNCTURE is to simulate the body's own healing mechanisms. Orthodox treatments tend in contrast to take control of these processes or override them completely, often in a more aggressive way. Both approaches have their place, of course and can invariably be used together.
ACUPUNCTURE promotes an overall sense of well-being and good health. This is because it goes beyond the immediate symptoms by stimulating the body's own systems of healing and self-regulation.
If you are concerned about any symptoms from which you may be suffering I would always recommend that you consult your GP as a matter of course.
Seeing an ACUPUNCTURIST could also be of benefit. You may wish to check out the latest research on the British Acupuncture Council's (BAcC) website: RESEARCH FACT SHEETS and RESEARCH REVIEW PAPERS
If you are interested in a particular condition or set of symptoms and are wondering if an Acupuncturist might help, the BAcC have research information on the effectiveness of treatment and the following conditions:
Allergic rhinitis, Anxiety, Back Pain and Sciatica
Irritable bowel syndrome, Carpel tunnel syndrome,
Male infertility, Menopausal symptoms,
Chronic fatigue syndrome(ME), Migraines,
Nausea & vomiting, Cystitis, Depression,
Neuropathic pain, Obstetrics(& childbirth),
Dysmenorrhoea, Endometriosis, Osteoarthritis,
Premenstrual syndrome, Facial pain, Female fertility,
Raynaud's, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia,
Frozen shoulder, Sciatica, Sinusitis,
Sports injuries, Gastrointestinal tract disorders,
Stress, Substance misuse, Headache, Herpes(Shingles),
Tennis elbow, Tinnitus, Hypertension(blood pressure),
Urinary incontinence, Vertigo Infertility, Insomnia
On the subject of research, the BAcC writes:-
"Traditional acupuncture's greatest strength is that it treats each patient individually. It focuses on all factors that contribute to disease, not just the presenting symptoms. Consequently, traditional acupuncture does not neatly fit the prevalent research protocols that have been developed in response to symptom-based treatments.
Although traditional acupuncture has been studied, tested and refined for centuries in China, huge databases of research remain largely inaccessible outside the Far East and some western commentators question their credibility. But as new research begins to provide quantifiable evidence of traditional acupuncture's efficacy and cost-effectiveness the body of evidence available internationally is growing rapidly."
The NHS and National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend acupuncture as effective treatment for chronic low back pain. Click NICE Report for details and NHS Choices. As a highly experienced Acupuncturist in Bath, Andrew would certainly agree with this view. Related to Back Pain is Sciatica and Andrew has a particular interest in this. Check out the following link for studies in this area. SCIATICA
The World Health Organisation also endorses Acupuncture and the following document makes for interesting reading: WHO Overview