Information About Acupuncture



Information About Acupuncture

An article which provides information about Acupuncture, answering some common questions asked by those who are considering Acupuncture Treatment. Although acupuncture is a relatively painless treatment, one very common question is, is it painful? Other common questions are, is it safe? What conditions can acupuncture treat? This article details important information about acupuncture and provides answers to the most common questions.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healthcare system that dates back nearly 2000 years. The aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore your body to the natural state of balance. Acupuncturist use the insertion of fine sterilised needles to stimulate different points on your body. These points run all over the body in different meridians or channels. Acupuncturists believe that disturbances in the body are cause by emotional or physical stress.

Is acupuncture painful?

Many people steer clear of acupuncture because they think it is hurts. The simple answer is it is not painless nor is it painful! Many people report the feeling of a sensation similar to a dull ache when the needles are inserted but this is not felt every time. Your practitioner may also use other techniques such as massage, cupping or Moxibustion.

Is acupuncture safe?

The most recent piece of research was published by Hugh Mc Pherson and reported that the number of adverse reactions to acupuncture treatment was less than 1 in 10,000. It takes 3 years to study acupuncture at a degree level and all acupuncturists should be registered with the British Acupuncture Council.

What can acupuncture treat?

Many people search for information about Acupuncture and what conditions acupuncture can treat. Current scientific research supports acupuncture’s relief of certain types of pain and post-operative nausea/sickness also. Its use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the United States , the National Health Service of the UK, the World Health Organization, and the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Whether you choose to believe more mainstream western science or the more traditional concept of ‘qi’, the fact is that many, many thousands of normal people have reported dramatic improvements to their ailments and that’s one of the reasons that acupuncture is endorsed by such well respected health bodies as those mentioned above in the hyperlinks.

Read About Acupuncture may be able to help with the following conditions:

Information About Acupuncture

Woman receiving an acupuncture treatment

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Hip & Knee Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
  • IBS
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause.
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Fertility problems
  • Supportive treatment for chemotherapy
  • TMJ dysfunction and Jaw Pain
  • Foot pain/ Achilles Tendonitis / Plantar fasciitis

If your condition is not listed above and you would like to know more about whether acupuncture can help your condition. Please call for a free telephone consultation!

If your acupuncturist suspects, or is concerned that there may be a serious health condition, they will advise you to consult with your GP for further discussion.

There are a number of different techniques often used in acupuncture such as:


Electro-acupuncture can sometimes be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance a treatment. Electro-acupuncture has been proven to reduce, speed up tissue healing and significantly reduce inflammation and swelling.


Moxibustion, is a technique used in acupuncture that applies heat to an acupuncture point. It is used to treat certain conditions as well as arthritis and pain. It can also be taught to clients for their use at home.


This particular technique uses a glass or bamboo jar. The acupuncturist will place this onto your body for approximately ten minutes. The technique is used to stimulates circulation, it can also help to relieve swelling, reduce back, neck and shoulder pain as well as help with common colds and influenza.

Acupuncture for Pain Management and Chronic Health

Acupuncture can be used to help manage chronic pain conditions, such as sciatica, lower back pain, disc injuries and spondylosis. Acupuncture is now recognised by NICE as a form of treatment that should be recommended by GP’s to help manage pain. A lot of research has been carried out into how the acupuncture needles work, how it effects the pain pathway, and enables you to get back to everyday life. 

During a treatment a full case history will be taken and if you have any MRI or Xray reports these can be brought along to your first treatment, as this will give your acupuncturist an indication as to exactly what is happening. A treatment plan will then be discussed with you, so that everything is explained and that you are happy to go ahead with the plan. The treatment plan is tailored specifically to you and your needs as every case of chronic pain is different.

If you are unsure whether acupuncture is right for you, Toni, our qualified Nottingham Acupuncturist will offer you a free 15 min consultation over the phone, or can answer your questions via email, whichever is best for you.

If you feel you would prefer a longer treatment time, we also provide one hour acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture Practitioners at the Riverside Natural Health Centre are registered with The British Acupuncture Council, who ensure that acupuncturists are trained to the highest standards and maintaining safety for our patients. Acupuncturists who work in the pain management clinic specialize in pain management acupuncture, using a variety of treatment methods from needling, electro acupuncture and soft tissue massage.

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We know that you are probably hesitant to try acupuncture just on face value, which is why we offer you a free telephone consultation, where you are able to discuss your symptoms with a qualified practitioner. After your free consultation, the practitioner will then be able to advise you whether acupuncture treatment is suitable for you.

For more information about Acupuncture Nottingham, or to book a session with our qualified Nottingham acupuncturist.

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