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Brendagh O'Sullivan
Sandra Arbelaez

Acupuncture is an important part of Chinese Medicine and has been practised and perfected for thousands of years. It works on the basis that there are several channels in the body, through which qi (our life energy) runs. When the flow of qi is impaired, discomfort and symptoms of disease may occur.


By inserting very thin, disposable needles in strategic points of the channels, acupuncture aims to restore the normal flow of qi and support the bodys natural healing processes to not only relieve specific symptoms but to improve health and well-being. Although mostly used as a means of pain relief, acupuncture can be used to treat people with a wide range of complaints.  

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an extensive list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. These include:

  • chronic pain, including back pain and arthritis

  • depression, anxiety and stress

  • sleeping problems

  • digestive problems including IBS

  • migraines

  • PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal syndrome

  • high blood pressure and circulatory problems

  • infertility

  • asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, hay fever and other respiratory conditions and allergies

  • withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from addictive substances, including alcohol and nicotine

  • symptoms arising during pregnancy such as morning sickness, digestive disturbances, back pain, oedema and others.

Acupuncture also can be used to simply harmonise mind, body and emotions.


British Acupuncture Council

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