Acupuncture in Bristol
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine. Since the 1960s, the popularity of acupuncture in the West has increased significantly. Its beneficial effects are now widely recognised.
Acupuncture is a technique in which the practitioner inserts fine needles into specific points on the body. According to Chinese medicine theory, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy – Qi (also spells as Chi in the West) moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels. Inserting fine needles into the appropriate points can stimulate the body's own healing response and help to restore its natural balance.
It is not fully understood how acupuncture works. Research has shown that acupuncture can help to regulate brain chemicals and hormones, strengthen the immune system, improve blood circulation and enhance the repair of damaged or inflamed tissues.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
You may feel the slightest pricking sensation followed by a tingling or dull-ache. Most patients experience heaviness in the limbs and a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners. Slight bruising may sometimes result from acupuncture treatment, although this is not usual. The needles are sterile and are only used once before being disposed of. Your practitioner is bound by a strict code of professional conduct & safe practice with full disciplinary procedures from ATCM(Association of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, UK).
Cupping is another popular treatment, which strongly moves the "stuck" Qi and Blood flow due to stress, invasion of wind and cold. It(the suction) can temporarily leave red or dark bruise/marks on the skin, which is a good sign of the stagnation/congestion being cleared. It is very beneficial as an additional treatment for muscular pain such as tight neck and shoulders, lower back pain, frozen shoulder, as well as internal conditions such as respiratory, digestive problems etc.