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What is Western Medical Acupuncture?

Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment where fine needles are inserted into the skin; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.


While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete ‘alternative medical system’. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system.


Western medical Acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care such as GP’s, osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for post-operative pain and nausea.


Practitioners of western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system.

Common uses for western medical acupuncture

There is no one health condition or set of conditions that acupuncture is meant to treat.


Instead, acupuncturists use the treatment for an extremely wide range of health conditions.


The use of acupuncture is not always based on scientific evidence. This means that some practitioners may use acupuncture to treat a certain health condition, even though there have not been any scientific trials showing that acupuncture works for that condition.


Sometimes, patients combine acupuncture with conventional treatments that have been prescribed by a GP or hospital consultant. If you are considering being treated by an acupuncturist for a health condition whilst undergoing any other conventional treatment, it is advisable to discuss this your GP.



NICE recommended uses

The National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines to the NHS on use of treatments and care of patients. Currently, NICE recommends that acupuncture is considered as a treatment option for one condition:


  • persistant lower back pain.



Other common uses

Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and pain conditions, including: 


  • headaches and migraine
  • chronic pain, including neck pain and back pain
  • joint pain
  • dental pain
  • post-operative pain


Faith is qualified in Western Medical Acupuncture with training from one of the top consultants Dr Anthony Campbell at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital which allows her to treat patients with both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal complaints as both a stand alone treatment and as part of osteopathic treatment.




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