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Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Acupuncture works in many different ways with Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.

This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It's likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture. Chinese or traditional acupuncture is directed at restoring the overall energy balance will deal with the condition and also help you feel better in a general way. Patients report having increased energy, vitality, better sleep a more normal appetite, greater confidence and greater enjoyment of life.

Acupuncture is very safe and in the UK acupuncture is one of the most popular and well-established complementary therapies, with approximately 3 million people undergoing treatment each year [NHS Direct-health encyclopedia 2008]. Many people come to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. It can work alongside conventional medicine and it is a natural medicine without the use of

drugs. Extensive practice and research has shown acupunctures' effectiveness in helping the following conditions:

• Stress, depression, anxiety

• Addictions

• Tiredness

• Arthritis and rheumatism

• Allergies

• Musculoskeletal problems

• Backache 

• Headaches and Migraines

• High blood pressure and circulatory problems

• Insomnia

• Asthma and breathlessness

• Digestive problems

• Skin conditions-eczema, psoriasis

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