Research fact sheets on the conditions listed below are provided by the British Acupuncture Council. The list is not exhaustive so please contact Sally on 07946 590691 if you wish to discuss a particular condition.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is part of Chinese medicine, a metaphorical science that helps us understand how we are part of nature. It is not the same paradigm used by medical science and is a different way of understanding the human body, health and illness. The concept of qi (pronounced chee) lies at the heart of Chinese medicine and roughly translated means life force. Qi is the sub-strata of the entire universe and includes everything material and immaterial. In terms of human beings qi runs through various channels throughout the body and can be stimulated at specific points to benefit health. These are the points that are used in acupuncture treatment.
Standard research methods such as those used to evaluate pharmaceutical drugs are not very useful when applied to acupuncture, and medical science is yet to establish the mechanisms of how it works. If you want to do a bit of reading on this facinating subject I recommend The Spark in the Machine - How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine. It is by Dr Daniel Keown who is both a medical doctor and acupuncture practitioner. For a traditional Chinese medicine perspective Gail Reichstein’s book Wood Becomes Water - Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life is very good.