In this weeks addition of ‘alternative therapies’ I will be giving an in-depth review of 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.
Acupuncture can successfully treat: · Lower backache · Arthritis · Headaches · Muscle spasms
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.
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.
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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