"There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmtters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain."
Acupuncture is a natural way of bringing the body back into balance to create optimum health. It is based on ancient Chinese principles (learn more about Chinese Medicine here) and is over 2000 years old. It is known to help with many conditions such as migraine headaches, chronic low back pain, neck pain, and knee osteoarthritis.
There several different types of acupuncture:
- Medical acupuncture - is often done by doctors or other medical practitioners and requires a short course in learning how to put in needles for common conditions like pain.
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture - an ancient Chinese system of acupuncture requiring a 2-4 year training course in the full system of Chinese Medicine. The most common type of traditional acupuncturist. Dr Jess is a fully qualified Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist.
- Five Element Acupuncture - An branch of the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture which often has extended spiritual and emotional understanding, again requires extensive training.
- Electroacupuncture - A machine is connected to the acupuncture needles and they are stimulated with an electric pulse - similar to a TENs machine, but often found to be more effective. Dr Jess's acupuncture training included electroacupuncture which she uses daily in her practice.
- Ear acupuncture - Fine ear needles can be inserted into ear acupuncture points can be added to acupuncture to support certain conditions.
- Cosmetic acupuncture - Learn more about this amazing natural beauty support here. Dr Jess has a diploma in Cosmetic Acupuncture requiring an extra year of training.
Dr Jess is a trained Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist her course included basic training in Five Element and in depth training in Ear acupuncture and Electro-acupuncture, which she uses extensively in her practice. She completed a separate year long diploma in Cosmetic acupuncture.
What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?
Whilst lying down, up to 30 needles will be inserted into specific points on your body. The needles are so fine that they can barely be felt on insertion. However, the sensation of the needle touching the acupuncture point often registers as an unusual feeling (e.g. tinging/mild aching/ hot or cold) depending on the person or point.
You are then left for 20 minutes to relax with the needles in position and then they are removed. The needles may be manipulated during this time. Up to 10 sessions either weekly or 2 weekly may be needed to reach maximum effect. Dr Jessica is an experienced traditional Chinese acupuncturist, cosmetic acupuncturist and electro-acupuncturist registered with BMAS (the British Medical Acupuncture Society).
Some common acupuncture points and their Traditional uses are shown below: