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Gavin Erickson

Gavin Erickson

Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00


Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine, which involves the stimulation of acupuncture points on the skin of the body by penetrating the point with a fine needle, or the application of heat or pressure.

Acupuncture is a safe form of treatment with a low risk of adverse effects, which many people see as a positive aspect in the treatment of long term chronic conditions where conventional drug therapies or invasive surgery may have considerable adverse effects. The treatment is generally painless due to the size of needles used.

There are differing conceptual frameworks driving the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with acupuncture – the system commonly known as traditional acupuncture uses, as the name implies, traditional concepts that have evolved from its Chinese heritage, which are in some ways quite different to the diagnostic techniques and conclusions that are drawn by those using the other system known as Western Medical Acupuncture.

Members of the British Acupuncture Council practice the traditional acupuncture modality.

The Game's Brittany Daniel fiercely (and secretly) battled cancer for sake of the twin sister she 'could not leave behind' - aided by acupuncture amongst other things.

Complementary therapies can support a patient in dealing with long-term conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. Mark Bovey, Research Manager of the British Acupuncture Council, explains what acupuncture has to offer to someone with diabetes and shares the experiences of some patients who have benefited from this traditional practice

Monday, 03 March 2014 18:27

Pin pointing the benefits of acupuncture

BAcC member Maureen Cromey gives a treatment and makes a convert of Abi Jackson

Prickly as it might sound, acupuncture is steadily becoming one of the most popular and talked about ways to relax the mind, body and soul, with a whopping 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year in the UK.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:47

Acupuncture: Tried and tested

Melonie Clarke writes:

Whenever I think of acupuncture, my brain always conjures up images of Pinhead from Hellraiser. I couldn't see how little pins would help me overcome my anxiety or how it could help women deal with menopause and infertility. That was before I tried it.

ALMOST a third of people admit to having poor posture, which means we're heading for a back pain epidemic.

Next week is Acupuncture Awareness Week (March 3-10)and many practitioners are concentrating specifically on back pain and the lifestyle choices that are putting our backs under unnecessary strain.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:47

Puncturing the myths about acupuncture

Some 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK, making it one of the most popular complementary therapies.

But like many alternative treatments, acupuncture is often still misunderstood. I visited top acupuncturist Maureen Cromey, who trained in Chinese medicine and has 26 years' experience in acupuncture, for treatment and also to sort out the facts from the fiction concerning the therapy.

Some 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK, making it one of the most popular complementary therapies.

This week is National Acupuncture Awareness Week, which aims to promote the traditional Chinese remedy.

Monday, 03 March 2014 21:18

Spreading the word about acupuncture

Scarborough practitioners have been out and about in the town centre to promote Acupuncture Awareness Week, which comes to and end on Monday.