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May 25, 2017

Acupuncture: Myths, Facts and Common Q’s

Jamie Fullerton
Head Physiotherapist
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We really believe that with knowledge comes power, and are always asked questions regarding our acupuncture treatments. Below we give the honest truth about the pain, effects and official medical advice regarding acupuncture.

MYTH: Acupuncture is an ancient, unproven medicine - no registered healthcare professional would recommend it.

FACT: Acupuncture is a treatment option that many medical organisations recommend. The National Institute of health (NIH) funds many clinical research trials on acupuncture. Both NIH and World Health Organisation (WHO) recognise Acupuncture as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.

MYTH: Acupuncture conflicts with medication, physiotherapy and other conventional treatments.

FACT: There is no conflict between acupuncture and conventional medicine; they complement one another. Acupuncture works nicely as an adjunct to your conventional treatment plan. Your therapist will discuss and contraindications to treatment, regarding current health and medication, with you.

MYTH: There is no proof acupuncture works. 

FACT: Many years ago, western doctors travelled to China to find proof or an explanation as to how acupuncture works. The Chinese simply stated that this treatment had stood the test of time and been passed down through the generations – and that was enough evidence for them! There are many studies available documenting the efficiency of acupuncture on many medical conditions. Its long history and continued use throughout the

Lastly, we have a couple of questions asked by almost everyone looking into acupuncture as a treatment option...

QUESTION: Does acupuncture hurt?

ANSWER: This is usually the first thing people ask! And is a completely understandable fear. The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, only slightly thicker than a human hair. Trained acupuncturists take great care to ensure that these needles do not cause pain. The needles used are different to the ones used during injections (these have a bladed side – acupuncture needles simply part rather than slice the skin). In some cases, patients find it so relaxing that they can fall asleep!

QUESTION: How does acupuncture relieve pain?

ANSWER: Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific points. This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain which governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.

We currently have an offer of 6 sessions of acupuncture for £150 (i.e. just £25 per session!) so if you’d like any more information about acupuncture, our offer or to book, please call 0151 559 1107, or contact

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