Croftlands

 

Practice

 

 

 Croftlands, 24 Westbourne Road, Lancaster

                                         Phone 07792 644402

Acupuncture in Lancaster

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What is acupuncture

How does acupuncture work

Who has acupuncture

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, then, 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 of their lives.

 

Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual 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. 

History of acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance. 

 

The first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. 

 

Without the help of modern scientific equipment, ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effect of emotional stress on the immune system. Traditional acupuncturists are no less scientific or sophisticated than western clinicians in their understanding of how the body functions, although to this day they use terminology that reflects Chinese medicine's cultural and historic origins.

 

Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare. 

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. 


For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in symptoms of  pain or illness. 


Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort.


Essentially traditional acupuncture aims to treat the cause of your symptoms. Acupuncture is an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.



Your first visit

During your first visit we seek to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. For instance you will be asked about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. 

 

You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps us to form a more complete picture of your health and lifestyle. 


A physical examination will also be part of the first visit, including taking your pulse and bloodpressure.

 

Based on all this we will make a diagnosis and put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.


We use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. 

 

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment.

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. 


Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. 


Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.


As everybody is unique, please contact us if you would like to to find out how acupuncture can help you.

British Acupuncture Council

As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) your practitioner is safe and competent. This membership offers you as a patient the following assurances:

  • BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)
  • compliance with current UK health and safety legislation
  • full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover
  • expert practice skills maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • regular updates from the BAcC regarding practitioners' professional obligations to the public
  • compliance with BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct patient access to the BAcC complaints and disciplinary procedures
  • English language skills at least equivalent to those required of doctors and nurses working in the UK