Acupuncture

Dr. Piper has a Diploma in Acupuncture – awarded by The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). She is, however, first and foremost, a traditionally trained Doctor and will always aim for a full diagnosis before any treatment is planned whether this be traditional medication or alternative therapy. Please note that Doctors who practice acupuncture have to be highly trained in their understanding of Neuroanatomy.

During the past few years Acupuncture has become increasingly popular. The British Medical Acupuncture Society is a nationwide group of family doctors who are trained according to the principles of Western Medical Acupuncture, and through their training programmes, they have contributed in a major way towards the gradual introduction of acupuncture into everyday medical practice. Acupuncture is used alongside more Conventional Techniques resulting in a therapy which is truly complementary.

Acupuncture promotes a strong form of self-healing. It encourages the patient’s own body to heal and repair itself if it is able to do so. It stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscles and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it Increases the body’s Release of Natural Painkillers such as endorphin and Serotonin and that this can modify the way pain signals are received.

Acupuncture also has a beneficial effect on General Health and people often comment on an improved sense of well-being after treatment.

Modern research shows that Acupuncture can affect most of the body’s systems including the nervous system, Muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody reduction and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary and Reproductive Systems.

Each patient’s case is assessed by the Practitioner and treatment is tailored to the individual. It is, therefore, very difficult to give more than a general idea of what a treatment might involve. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or Electrical Stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three, ranging up to twenty or thirty. Treatment might be once a week to begin with then at longer intervals as the condition responds. An average number of sessions may be between five and eight.

What sort of conditions respond to Acupuncture?
•Back pain
•Shoulder pain
•Neck and leg pain
•Almost any other cause of pain
•Headaches and Migraine
•Trapped nerves
•Chronic muscle strains
•Sports injuries
•Various kinds of rheumatic and arthritic pain
•Functional bowel and bladder problems, such as IBS or Irritable bladder
•Mild forms of urinary incontinence
•Menstrual problems
•Menopausal problems
•Allergies such as hayfever, perennial allergic rhinitis
•Allergic rashes e.g. urticaria or prickly heat
•Discrete skin rashes such as ulcers
•Itching
•Some cases of excessive sweating
•Sinus problems
•Chronic Catarrh
•Dry mouth and eyes
•Stopping smoking

This is not a complete list and many other Conditions have been treated with Acupuncture. Please remember that before starting Acupuncture, the practitioner must be happy that all tests have been carried out which might point to any serious or potentionally serious condition which may need other forms of treatment.

At the moment anybody is allowed to call themselves Doctor or Acupuncturist and start advertising and practising Acupuncture immediately, regardless of qualifications or experience. This is deeply worrying to The British Medical Acupuncture Society, whose members are all registered Medical Practitioners with long experience of medicine and have undergone recognised Acupuncture training. Members of The British Medical Acupuncture Society are subject to a Code of Practice and Complaints procedure in addition to regulation by the General Medical Council.

Acupuncture is a Potent Therapy and while it is generally Safer than Most Conventional treatments, if viewed without due care it can have serious adverse affects, and interactions with other treatments. Acupuncture should only be used by trained Practitioners who can adequately assess the risks and benefits of applying the therapy.

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