Acupuncture at Virginia Water Private Medical Clinic
What sort of conditions respond to acupuncture?
Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of painful conditions such as
- Musculoskeletal pain (for example in the back, neck, shoulder and leg)
- Joint pain (rheumatic and osteoarthritis)
- Sports injuries
- Facial pain
Other conditions in which acupuncture might be used include
- Functional bowel and bladder problems (irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder and mild forms of urinary incontinence)
- Menstrual and menopausal symptoms
- Allergies (such as hay fever, perennial allergic rhinitis, some allergic rashes such as urticaria and prickly heat)
- Other skin problems such as discrete rashes, ulcers, itching, some forms of dermatitis and excessive sweating
- Sinus problems and chronic catarrh
- Dry mouth and eyes
- Stress and Anxiety
- Stopping smoking
Research has yet to confirm whether or not acupuncture can have a role in the management of weight loss. It may be helpful in the suppression of appetite.
What does acupuncture involve?
Our private GP at Virginia Water Private Medical Clinic will assess your case, making sure acupuncture treatment is appropriate and tailoring it to your individual requirements.
A typical treatment involves very fine needles being inserted through the skin and left in position for 15 to 20 minutes. Sometimes the needles are stimulated manually (gently rotated) or with electrical stimulation.
The needles used by our private doctor are sterile, single use and disposable after each treatment. The number used varies but can be as few as 2 to 3 needles. Treatments are given weekly, with a typical course of treatment lasting 5 to 8 sessions. If there is no response in the first three treatments, the treatment will be discontinued. Occasionally top up treatments are given every few months.