Your health and well-being can be greatly improved by acupuncture,
as it is a safe and effective method of treatment for many common
ailments. Acupuncture encourages the body to promote natural healing
and improve functioning. This is done by inserting very thin needles
and applying heat or electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture
ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS AT MANCHESTER THERAPY CENTRE
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many physical conditions, including
backache, headache, irregular periods, sinusitis, gynaecological
problems, skin conditions, M.E. (chronic fatigue syndrome),
digestive disorders, muscular and joint pain, asthma and stress, to
name but a few.
Many emotional or psychological problems can be effectively treated
by acupuncture such as anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias,
irrational or obsessive behaviour, eating disorders, lack of
confidence and low self esteem.
You can still benefit from acupuncture without suffering from an ailment. If you are feeling off–colour or out of sorts, experiencing difficulties at work, or unhappiness in a
relationship, then acupuncture can help you cope better.
Acupuncture treats the whole person (not just the symptoms) on a physical, mental and emotional level. This means
that treatment of physical problems can also affect the way you feel
As well as a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced enjoyment of
life, acupuncture can be a very effective and drug free form
of pain relief.
You will also find your immune system is better able to withstand
flu, colds and other minor infections, and if you do fall ill, you
tend to suffer less and recover more quickly. Many people
continue using acupuncture as an effective form of preventative
Acupuncture is safe, because no drugs or equipment, such as x-rays,
are used. There are no irreversible procedures, such as surgical
operations, performed. There is not even a hypodermic needle
involved. Acupuncture promotes health and well-being, prevents
certain illnesses, and treats a wide spectrum of health problems.
Where does Acupuncture
Acupuncture has an amazing history that has made it the world's
oldest contemporary medical system. "More people have been treated
by acupuncture than by all other systems of medicine combined."
(According to Dr. David Brestler, director of UCLA's Pain Centre.)
The science and art of acupuncture is a 5000 year old healing
method. It has a long history and development, and it was practiced
in China 5000 years ago The term itself was derived by
the 15th century Jesuit Missionaries in China from the Latin words "acus"
meaning needle and "puncture" meaning puncture. Acupuncture was
developed by clinical research in acupuncture physiology,
biochemistry, and pharmacology. In other words, it is a coming
together of modern international medical science and classical
In March of 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the
United States of America approved acupuncture as a medical treatment
method. Because of the great demand and scientific research, the US
Food and Drug Administration incorporated acupuncture into
mainstream medicine in April, 1997. In November, 1997, the American
Health Counsel publicly claimed acupuncture to be good for the
treatment of pains, nausea, asthma, and arthritis. Acupuncture has
proven to be an effective treatment and a valuable medicine.
Is Acupuncture painful?
People experience acupuncture needles differently. Some patients
feel no pain at all when the needles are inserted, and some patients
experience minimal pain. Once the needles are in place, there is no
pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid, and are made
from stainless steel. The point of the needle is smooth (Acupuncture
needles are smooth, not hollow like hypodermic needles. Hollow
needles increases the risk of skin bruising and skin irritation.),
and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or
With acupuncture, the patient will not have to learn to live with an
ailment. Many patients have been told to see a psychiatrist because
no physiological disorder can be found or treated by known methods,
even though the patient fervently attests that he/she is in
tremendous pain or discomfort. Sometimes they are simply told to
learn to live with it. Something can be done and has been done,
because acupuncture has helped in cases where other methods of
treatment have failed. Acupuncture treats the causes as well as the
symptoms of an illness.
What are the side effects of acupuncture?
Acupuncture works with a person's internal pharmacy rather than
putting in chemicals from the outside. This approach has several
advantages over pharmaceutical medicine. Most importantly there are
no negative side effects to acupuncture. The most common occurance
is that patients feel such a relief from symptoms that they may
participate in activities that can cause a flare-up of their
condition, before their body is completely healed.
Make sure you do not receive treatment on an empty stomach but do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your
Don't over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic
beverages within 6 hours before or after your treatment.
Avoid drugs or
alcohol as they will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of
acupuncture treatments, especially in the week prior to treatment.
Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some
rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is
especially important for the first few visits.
Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response
is to the treatment. This is important for your acupuncturist to
know so that the following treatments can be designed to best help
you and your problem.
treatments will be necessary ?
The number of acupuncture treatments needed differs from person to
person. For more complex or long standing conditions, a
treatment a week for several months may be recommended. For acute
problems, usually fewer visits are required. For health maintenance,
one acupuncture treatment a month may be all that is necessary.
Acupuncture has been proven to be one of the most effective and
safest healing methods by countries in both Western and Eastern hemispheres.
Researchers in China, Korea, Japan, India, Germany, France, Britain,
Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Russia, Romania,
Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Australia have reported excellent
results achieved by acupuncture. In addition, many nations support
active research programs in the physiology and therapy of
acupuncture. These countries are Russia, North and South Korea, and
Japan. Recently, the National Institute of Health in the United
States also offered funds for acupuncture research.
Acupuncture treatments are available Monday to Friday 10.00 am -
8.00 pm and Saturday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
To make an appointment for
Acupuncture treatment please ring us on 0161 881 7171.
An effective way to alleviate anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia,
hypertension, stiff neck and shoulders.
ALLERGIES AND HEADACHES
Alleviates allergies, tension headaches, sinus headaches, migraines,
Effective in treating PMS, infertility, irregular periods, cramps,
hot flashes, and hormonal imbalances.
IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT
Can help increase the body's resistance, strengthen the immune
system, and promote good health and a sense of well-being.
ACUPUNCTURE RELIEVES PAIN WITH LASTING RESULTS.
Including neck & lower back pain, bursitis, tendinitis, and
The most important historical effects that acupuncture has been
noted for is in the regulation of the functions and of
normalization. It increases the resistance of the body by enhancing
the capabilities of the body. Acupuncture has such a powerful pain
killing effect that it is now used in surgical operations as the
only anesthetic. Already more than two million surgical operations
have been performed with acupuncture as the only anesthetic.
Acupuncture normalizes the functions of the body. For example,
constipation and diarrhea are two extremities of abnormal bowel
movement. The normalizing effect of acupuncture can be observed as
fine needles are placed in exactly the same locations for either
conditions. This cannot happen with Western medicine because
diarrhea can never be treated with laxatives. This effect of
acupuncture indicates that it is a natural way of healing the
illness by working with the body rather than on the body.
The World Health
Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a
wide range of medical problems:
Digestive Disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity,
colitis, constipation, diarrhea.
Respiratory Disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma,
Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of a wide range of medical
Allergies: Allergies can manifest in the form of asthma, allergic
sinusitis, and skin rash. The basic factor that causes allergic
reactions is the inability of the system to secrete enough adreno-cortical
hormones. As a result, the IgE level goes up in the body.
Acupuncture corrects this problem with two effects on the system.
First, it works on the hormonal glands such as the thymus, pituitary
and adrenal glands to insure that there are adequate hormones for
the immune system. Also, adrenal-cortical hormones secreted by the
adrenal gland can relax bronchial tubes and inhibit histamine
directly. Second, acupuncture relaxes the breathing center in the
brain, thus relaxing the bronchial tubes through activities in the
sympathetic nervous system. A research project, carried out by Loma
Linda University School of Medicine, show that acupuncture can
reduce the IgE level on a long term basis. Clinical observations
showed that 80% of the patients got relief with between one and four
treatments. There have been reports that all polyps disappear after
Digestive Disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, Crohn's Disease,
colitis, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea.
Neurological and Muscular Disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck
pain, neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of
tendonitis, lower back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Backache and
Leg Pain: Many people with back problems have weak back muscles.
Muscles are designed to hold our skeletal system in a position,
which allows it to function effectively. Muscles maintain posture.
Poor back muscles make a person tired more quickly and easily. This
puts an abnormal strain on ligaments, joints, and bones, therefore
causing back pain and sciatica. Acupuncture treatment can relieve
back pain with amazing and quick results. A complete series of
treatments can often make the back pain disappear. Many people who
have taken acupuncture as a last resort after trying other treatment
are amazed at the rate of success they achieve. Acupuncture improves
muscle tone, thus promoting better posture, less fatigues, and
looking and feeling better.
Arthritis and Joint Problems: There are millions of people who are
plagued by arthritis, the inflammation in the joints that causes
stiffness, pain, and swelling. These conditions tend to be worse
with the change of weather. The victims suffer more pain when it is
cold, humid, windy, and when there is low pressure.
Headache: Acupuncture has been found to be able to relieve painful
headaches. In many cases the pain begins to subside as soon as the
fine needles are placed in the specific acupuncture sites. Many
patients claim that acupuncture has relieved the headaches, even
when the strongest drugs failed to do so.
Menstrual and Reproductive Problems: PMS, cysts of uterus and/or
ovary, endometriosis, menopause syndrome, infertility, impotence,
Weight Disorders: Reports from our patients confirm that acupuncture
helps to reduce weight. Some say their appetites are curbed or their
stomachs have shrunk because they can't eat as much as they did
before the treatment. Some say their bodies are firmer and their
decreasing measurements outrun expectations for the pounds they have
lost. A good percentage of patients experience lost of inches at the
beginning of the treatment. Some say that they feel "peppier", a
sign of an increase in their metabolism. Some say that they are more
relaxed and their nervous eating habits are diminishing because of
the relaxation. They report losing their craving for sweets and
starches. Among all existing methods for weight control, acupuncture
is superior because of its various effects
Menstrual related symptoms, such as: headache, bloating,
breakthrough bleeding & cramping, irregular cycle, breast
tenderness, irritability, depression, and cravings.
General gynecological signs & symptoms, such as: Chronic vaginitis,
chronic yeast infections, endometriosis, venereal warts (HPV),
irregular PAPS, cervical dysplasia, uterine fibroids & Pelvic
Inflammatory Disease (PID).
Pregnancy related issues, such as: repeated abortions, miscarriages,
high number of births, morning sickness, premature labor, postpartum
hemorrhage, breast feeding complications, and postpartum depression.
Menopausal issues, such as: Thinning hair, weight gain, skin
changes, loss of strength, joint pain, insomnia, depression,
irritability, and hot flashes.
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