What is Acupuncture?  


Acupuncture is a very ancient form of holistic treatment that has evolved in the Far East over the last 2-3000 years.

It uses well established diagnostic techniques and principles which are very different to those used in the more familiar Western way of looking at health.

These techniques and principles are used by the qualified practitioner according to the signs and symptoms that are unique to you as an individual.

Very fine, sterile needles are then inserted into specific points in the body to stimulate the body’s own healing response.


Although it is thought to have originally evolved in China, acupuncture has been practiced in many different cultures and countries of the world, including Europe, over hundreds of years and possibly even longer. 

The first recorded use of acupuncture in Britain was as early as the 17th Century when Jesuit missionaries , and various medical officers employed by the Dutch East Indies Company returned from China and Japan.

In Britain today, acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular as a form of complementary medicine that can be used alongside modern western medicine. 

Inserting a hair-like, sterile, acupuncture needle during an acupuncture treatment
Suction cups are a useful alternative to traditional fire-cupping, but do not have a warming effect.
Acupuncture needles used by a member of the BAcC  are always pre-sterilised and disposed of immediately after use
Needling the ear point 'Shenmen', also known as 'Spirit Gate', helps to calm the mind and reduce anxiety.