Western Medical Acupuncture

Western Medical Acupuncture has taken traditional Chinese acupuncture and applied scientific research to establish a basis for the effectiveness of acupuncture. It uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine.

Research has shown that acupuncture works via the stimulation of nerves in the skin and muscle. This can cause both local and distant effects via the central nervous system.

All British Medical Acupuncture Society members are state regulated professionals, being mainly Doctors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.

What can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of problems.

  • Pain: most types of chronic pain; including neck and back pain, pain from arthritis and sports injuries.
  • Nerve pain including trigeminal neuralgia, trapped nerves and sciatica.
  • Chronic muscle strains and plantar fasciitis
  • Migraines, chronic headaches and sinusitis
  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Bowel and digestive problems
  • Palliative Care: Pain following mastectomy, nausea from chemotherapy xerostomia, fatigue and lymphoedema. It can even help with withdrawal from synthetic opioids analgesics
  • Tiredness and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Menstrual and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and primary dysmenorrhoea
  • Infertility
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Bladder problems and irritability
  • Hay fever, allergies and rhinitis
  • Acupuncture is used during pregnancy, for back pain, morning sickness and for pain relief during childbirth.
  • Drug addictions, like smoking, alcohol
  • Facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint pain and phantom dental pain.

Acupuncture Treatment

Our experience of needles is usually limited to injections and blood tests, so many people are frightened of the concept of acupuncture.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than conventional medical needles, so the feeling when they are inserted is more like a tingling or a dull ache rather than the sharp bee-sting sensation of an injection.

Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or may be left in place for a few minutes or more, depending on the effect needed. You may feel a heaviness in your arms and legs or you may just experience a pleasant relaxation.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.

What to expect

The acupuncturist will ask you about symptoms and your medical history and any medication you are taking.

If appropriate the acupuncturist will insert fine needles into your skin at various sites.

The needles may be moved, by either twisting or pecking the needle gently on bone (periosteal needling).

A course of treatments is usually six sessions. An improvement will normally be seen after three. Acupuncture does not work for everybody so if you have not made an improvement after three you may not be helped by Acupuncture.

Cautions and Care

Research in the British Medical journal confirmed that when carried out by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe therapy.

It is important to let your therapist know if you have any medical problems including fits and faints, if you have a pacemaker or heart valve damage. Heart or lung disease, cancer, clotting problems or if you are taking anticoagulants or any other medication including complementary remedies or aspirin.

We only use disposable needles.

It's sensible not to plan anything strenuous after treatment because symptoms may sometimes get worse for a short time or you may feel tired and light headed. if you are feeling unwell don't drive until the drowsiness or dizziness passes.

Occasionally you may feel pain or have a little bleeding or bruising after treatment.

Regulation and Training

Anthony has been awarded a Diploma in Medical Acupuncture by the British Medical Acupuncture Society. He is the only osteopath in the country to have this qualification and is one of a very small number of osteopaths to be a fully accredited member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Anthony holds an honorary clinical post with University College of London Hospital. He practices at The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in Great Ormond street and has worked in both the general pain clinic and the specialist high volume headache, migraine facial pain clinic.

Anthony is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

British Medical Acupuncture Society.