Recognised world wide.
Recent clinical studies show that acupuncture provides true pain relief for a range of conditions, including chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. A literature review called the Acupuncture Evidence Project by McDonald and Janz 2017 found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions.
The review also identified acupuncture was more effective for some conditions over others, it has been found to be cost effective for certain conditions and that when conducted by a well-trained practitioner Acupuncture was considered safe.
Conditions which have strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture include
Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
Chronic low back pain
Postoperative nausea & vomiting Postoperative pain
Headache (tension type and chronic)
Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (with anti emetics)
Further information reagrding this review can be obtianed at
Illness / Immune System
Acupuncture exerts a modulatory effect on the immune system. Scientific studies have shown that it normalises and brings impaired immune responses closer to those of healthy individuals. Acupuncture helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells which destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body. It is thought that acupuncture does this by provoking the body’s immune response through the use of the needles: the body thinks the needles are a threat and marshal their white cell and T-cell count to fight them off. The effect of this lasts days after the acupuncture session and so works on viruses and bacteria as well.
Injuires and Pain
Studies suggest acupuncture can increase the body’s circulation, range of motion and accelerate healing time due to its ability to balance the neurological and cardiovascular systems. It also assists in maintaining functional and structural alignment, reducing the risk of further injury, and increasing strength and endurance.
Both oriental and western medicine focus on proprioception. Using acupuncture at specific points increases communication with the central nervous system to reset muscle spindles and restore balance
Stress is the result of the body’s fight or flight response that is enacted via the day to day activities of a modern lifestyle. Stressors that may stimulate this response can include relationship issues, conflicts with co-workers or bosses, worries over financesor even driving in traffic. For some people stress is a long term issue that eventually compromises our health. Stress causes the body to release the stress hormone Cortisol, which leads to increased blood pressure and suppression of our immune function. Over time, these symptoms become worse and can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, and tension headaches.
Acupuncture eases stress and relaxes the mind by:
- Releasing natural pain-killing chemicals (endorphins) in the brain.
- Improves circulation of blood throughout the body.
- Oxygenates the tissues.
- Cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals.
Experience the calming nature of acupuncture to decrease your heart rate, lower you blood pressure and relax you muscles.
Don’t wait until you have an injury!
Acupuncture is most beneficial while you are training or competing before an injury occurs. Acupuncture studies suggest that it can be successfully used for enhancing performance by releasing the proper brain chemicals to improve concentration, relaxing muscles, increasing energy levels, modifying metabolic processes typically involved in exercise, improving recovery time after exercise and healing injuries. Factors such as anxiety, muscular and cardiovascular fatigue, delayed-onset-muscle-soreness, and minor injuries that may inhibit performance can be addressed with acupuncture. Athletes who incorporate acupuncture as part of their regular training regimens notice better results and fewer injuries, and they seem to enjoy themselves more.