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Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by the insertion of thin, disposable needles at points where energy is concentrated and linked to the organs in the body. It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of Qi (Chee – the body’s vital energy) and restore and maintain health.


Traditional Chinese Medicine is among the oldest healing practices in the world. It is a medical system that originated in China and it is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of Qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. A traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response. It is used to preserve health as well as to treat illness. It can treat a wide range of conditions.

Acupuncture in Borehamwood by Vesna Manasieva at the Natural Gateway Clinic
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In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms and conditions shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture:


  • Gynaecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders, ulcers, chronic diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, anorexia and gastritis

  • Skin diseases

  • Uro-genital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction

  • Musculoskeletal & Neurological Conditions, such as arthritis, lower back, neck and shoulder pain, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia and dizziness

  • Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis

  • Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anaemia

  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression, and anxiety

  • Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs

  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders including tinnitus

  • Colds and flu

  • Hot Flushes


NICE Guidelines recommend traditional acupuncture for lower back pain, headaches and migraines. There are several other conditions where acupuncture is found to improve health outcomes.


Specific guidance from the World Health Organisation states that acupuncture should be referred to for several conditions including the following:



Clinical studies indicate that acupuncture is also effective in treating:



Source: Acupuncture Efficacy: A compendium of Controlled Clinical Trials by Stephen Birch & Richard Hammerschlag


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