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What is acupunture and how can it help?

Acupuncture is a drug-free way to relieve pain, is surprisingly relaxing and the insertion of fine needles is usually painless. This ancient method of Chinese medicine relaxes the nervous system by controlling central pain pathways. It also promotes the release of the body’s own pain relieving hormones – endorphins – which have a similar chemical structure to morphine.

One of the principles is to improve blood supply to the area of pain. Acupuncture works because a needle is perceived by the body as something foreign, and the body’s defence system sends an increase of blood supply to fight off potential infection. With the increase of blood supply, toxic build-up in the muscle tissue can be flushed through and eliminated.

The World Health Organisation has listed some 30 diseases, symptoms or conditions that have proven to be successfully treated with acupuncture. In addition, there are many other diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed (for more detailed information, please see the British Acupuncture Council link below). At Garry Trainer Clinic we use acupuncture for muscular, skeletal and nerve pain, headaches, hypertension, anxiety, stress and depression, breathing difficulties, digestive problems and disorders of the nervous system.

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