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Western Medical Acupuncture has taken traditional Chinese acupuncture and applied scientific research to establish a basis for the effectiveness of acupuncture. It uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine.

Research has shown that acupuncture works via the stimulation of nerves in the skin and muscle. This can cause both local and distant effects via the central nervous system.

All British Medical Acupuncture Society members are state regulated professionals, being mainly Doctors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.

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What sort of conditions respond to acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is effective in a range painful conditions and is commonly used for short-term relief of chronic low back pain and neck pain, and can help with the management of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
  • There is good evidence that it is effective in the short term relief of tension type headaches and migraine, and of temporomandibular joint pain.
  • Shore term improvements in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome(through electroacupuncture at the point SP6).

The list above is limited by the current rules governing advertising, and how they are interpreted.

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Our experience of needles is usually limited to injections and blood tests, so many people are frightened of the concept of acupuncture.

Acupuncture needles are much finer than conventional medical needles, so the feeling when they are inserted is more like a tingling or a dull ache rather than the sharp bee-sting sensation of an injection.

Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or may be left in place for a few minutes or more, depending on the effect needed. You may feel a heaviness in your arms and legs or you may just experience a pleasant relaxation.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.

The acupuncturist will ask you about symptoms and your medical history and any medication you are taking.

If appropriate the acupuncturist will insert fine needles into your skin at various sites.

The needles may be moved, by either twisting or pecking the needle gently on bone (periosteal needling).

A course of treatments is usually six sessions. An improvement will normally be seen after three. Acupuncture does not work for everybody so if you have not made an improvement after three you may not be helped by Acupuncture.

Research in the British Medical journal confirmed that when carried out by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe therapy.

It is important to let your therapist know if you have any medical problems including fits and faints, if you have a pacemaker or heart valve damage. Heart or lung disease, cancer, clotting problems or if you are taking anticoagulants or any other medication including complementary remedies or aspirin.

We only use disposable needles.

It's sensible not to plan anything strenuous after treatment because symptoms may sometimes get worse for a short time or you may feel tired and light headed. if you are feeling unwell don't drive until the drowsiness or dizziness passes.

Occasionally you may feel pain or have a little bleeding or bruising after treatment.

Anthony has been awarded a Diploma in Medical Acupuncture by the British Medical Acupuncture Society. He is the only osteopath in the country to have this qualification and is one of a very small number of osteopaths to be a fully accredited member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Anthony holds an honorary clinical post with University College of London Hospital. He practices at The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in Great Ormond street and has worked in both the general pain clinic and the specialist high volume headache, migraine facial pain clinic.

British Medical Acupuncture Society.