Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. It is a complementary form of medicine that is used in the treatment of various conditions. Two main belief systems are typically considered; traditional Chinese and Western Acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture uses the theories of meridians and an energy flow called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). By using acupuncture on specific points on the body, these energy flows are regulated to enable the body to restore equilibrium and a state of well-being. A traditional Chinese approach can be used to help alleviate pain and muscle spasm. Western acupuncture uses scientifically based knowledge of neuro-physiology and anatomy to select trigger points, but also uses meridians to help reduce pain and muscle spasm by releasing substances produced in the body such as endorphins. Both forms help the body to regulate itself and help alleviate pain.
Pre-sterilised disposable needles are used in all treatments. Current blood donors are fine to receive acupuncture, and a certificate can be issued which may be shown the next time you give blood if required.