Roundwood Health Clinic is based in Barnsley and provides acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is probably the best-known branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy Qi (‘Chee’), moving in a smooth and balanced way through networks of channels in the body. This balanced flow can be disturbed by a number of factors.
These include emotional states such as anxiety, grief, fear and stress, poor nutrition, hereditary factors, environmental and weather conditions, infections, toxins and trauma. When imbalances occur, this can result in overt illness or general lack of well being. By inserting needles into the channels of energy, acupuncture can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural, healthy balance.
How does it work?
The principle aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover and maintain the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Seeing health and illness from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective enables the acupuncturist to treat subtle imbalances. This not only may relieve symptoms but also improve the functioning of the immune system, regulate organ functions and enhance general well-being.
What does it feel like?
Each treatment consists of a number of fine needles being gently inserted into specific locations according to your specific problems and diagnosis. These needles are NOT like those used in injections and blood tests, but are much finer. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.
Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. Needle treatment may also be supplemented with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage smooth flow of Qi. Alternatively, acupressure massage may be used, and is particularly suitable for small children or people with a fear of needles.
Only single-use, disposable, sterile needles are used, as approved by the Dept. Of Health and in line with stringent standards of hygiene and safety imposed by the British Acupuncture Council (BAC).
What can Acupuncture Help?
The British Acupuncture Council (BAC) provides information on conditions treated with Traditional Acupuncture. Fact Sheets with evidence based research from The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC) are available on the BAC website, and provide unbiased general information on a variety of conditions, including:
- Bell’s Palsy
- Bladder dysfunction
- Fertility issues
- Frozen shoulder
- Hot flushes
- Indigestion problems
- Joint pain
- Menstrual problems
- Morning Sickness
- Panic attacks
- Pelvic inflammation
- Sports injuries
- Stiff neck
- Tennis elbow
Please visit the BAC website for further informationwww.acupuncture.org.uk