What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. Acupuncture is used worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions.  Generally, people find an acupuncture treatment to be a relaxing experience.

It's all about balance

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.

Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

One survey was of traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practise acupuncture. A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed altogether, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded.
A 2003 survey of 6,000 patients of acupuncture produced almost identical figures.

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

What Can Acupuncture Help With?

Today in my practice I see people from all walks of life for many different conditions such as: musculoskeletal problems eg back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain etc. People suffering with allergies, menopausal symptoms, depression and anxiety, and many, many diverse conditions. I am happy to be able to help in any way I possibly can and this sometimes includes referring on to an appropriate medical practitioner as well.

Testimonials & case studies

“It really works. I have tried all sorts and acupuncture is the only thing that has really worked. oh and Anne at Acu-Nova is the best!!!.”

– Denise Wrobbel

“Peter Ledwidge rang me to say he has been suffering with allergies (Rhinitis) for years and could I help. He has not been able to breath properly out of his nose, his eyes have been itching and he is constantly using nasal spray to help, so 1 treatment and 1 week later he arrives for his second appointment to tell me he is better! No nasal spray all week, no itchy eyes and is breathing through his nose. First time in forever he said 😃 so he asked me to share the good news.... and to say it really doesn't hurt....
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Case Study – Peter Ledwidge

“Naz Foroodian wrote to me today..... 😃 😃 😃
"Hey ACUNOVA you are officially the best acupuncturist I have encountered!!! loving your work! XXX”

Case Study – Naz & Freddy.

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