Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture

There are two forms of acupuncture practiced in the UK.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM), uses a method based on ancient diagnosis and treatment of meridians which are understood to be imbalanced.

Western acupuncture, however, is used mainly for pain relief and the production of the bodies own painkilling hormones. These are termed endogenous opiates or encephalins, and are produced within the central nervous system.

Needles are inserted gently into a number of trigger points within the muscles being treated. The needles used are very fine, ( about 10% of the size of hypodermic needles used by dentists and for vaccinations). These are left in place for approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. In some circumstances the needles can be stimulated by the application of low electrical impulses. This generates a stronger response when pain relief is required from the acupuncture patient.
Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture involves inserting very small needles into the external ear area. This is used when stress reduction is required. The effect of auricular acupuncture involves the production of dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters. These chemicals are produced by the central nervous system and have a direct effect on mood and behaviour. Generally serotonin acts to calm and sedate the nervous system giving the patient a sense of well being. Dopamine seems to relate to the anticipation of desired mental state and works alongside serotonin in a healthy individual.

Auricular treatment aims at allowing the patient to regain their normal healthy state without relying solely on the input from antidepressants, antispasmodics and other prescribed medication.

Auricular treatment has been used in helping in the treatment of soft drug addictions, food craving illnesses and other behavioural problems. This practice does not treat addictions to what are commonly known as 'hard drugs' as this requires intensive and expert 24 hour care.