In this weeks addition of ‘alternative therapies’ I will be giving an in-depth review of Acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the placing of the tips of needles into the skin at precise points to treat various disorders by stimulating the nerve impulses. Acupuncture is based on the principles that the human body has an energy force running through it. Illness results when the energy pathways become obstructed or unbalanced. Acupuncture can restore this balance. Acupuncture focuses on treating the whole person and not just their symptoms or condition in isolation. It is the strength of this combined and holistic approach that helps to encourage significant change.

What does it do?

Acupuncture can successfully treat: · Lower backache · Arthritis · Headaches · Muscle spasms Acupuncture is known to treat conditions such as: · Aches and pains · ADHD · Allergies · Asthma · Autism · Bowel & urinary problems · Cancer care · Diabetes · Digestive & eating disorders · Respiratory problems · Sensory processing disorders · Sleeping difficulties

Research

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) only recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic lower back pain, chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. NICE makes these recommendations on the basis of scientific evidence. There is also some evidence that acupuncture works for a small number of other problems, including neck pain and post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. (NHS, 2014) Little evidence exists regarding benefits of acupuncture for children with special needs.

Cost and Availability

Acupuncture’s cost varies among different clinics and practitioners, which are globally available. An approximate cost for acupuncture is £40/€50/$60 for a half hour session.

References

Julia Davis Acupuncture, 2012. About Acupuncture. Available: http://www.londonacupuncture.com/pages/about_acupuncture.html. [14/01/2015]. National Health Service, 2014. Acupuncture. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/pages/introduction.aspx. [14/01/2015].

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