Acupuncture in Oxford
What can acupuncture treat?
The list of conditions that acupuncture is recommended for is ever increasing. This includes many pain conditions, digestive issues, mental health conditions, allergies, skin conditions, insomnia, women’s health issues and men’s health issues, inflammatory conditions, some chronic, degenerative conditions as well as addiction and palliative care. To see a full list of The World Health Organisations recommendations, follow this link and to see a full list of The Acupuncture Evidence Project, please click here. The latter is more extensive and up-to-date.
The areas where there is the most research and recommendations include;
- Most pain conditions, especially back pain, knee pain and arthritic pain
- Headaches and migraines
Among many other pieces of research for the above issues, the latest and largest research came from York University where almost 18,000 participants were treated for the above conditions. It concluded that acupuncture was safe, more than a placebo and also more effective than current conventional medical treatments for all of the above conditions. Other areas with good research include;
- Digestive issues
- Mental health issues
Whilst it is great to see these comprehensive pieces of research coming out, it is important to bear in mind that acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years and for the vast majority of that time was the most valued medical option for whole civilisations. In my mind it therefore has applications and uses in nearly all health issues. However, there are notable exceptions including acute and powerful infections, acute eye and ear conditions, late stages of cancer (for which it has been show to ease symptoms but not prevent mortality) and cases where surgery is necessary.
My experience with acupuncture
With over a decade of experience in acupuncture I have been lucky to have quite a wide range of experiences at helping people improve their health and well-being, both in the short and long-term. I have been practicing acupuncture in Oxfordshire for 5 years now. The areas for which I have found acupuncture to be the most effective and the most efficient are;
- Pain conditions
- Headaches and migraines
I have certainly found it to be valuable for a lot of other conditions as well, including many of those already mentioned. In more complex cases it requires a longer course and dietary and lifestyle changes and in some cases herbal medicine. When combined with herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes, acupuncture can be very powerful for many conditions and leads to much better health outcomes in the long-term.
Testimonials from my acupuncture clients
“I’ve not felt this relaxed in years!”
“I was suffering a lot from stress and tension, particularly across my neck and shoulders. Joe really helped me to release the tension and stress.”
“Acupuncture has been so good for my back pain. It has been so long since it has felt this good.”
“My panic attacks have stopped and my self-confidence is back. I had forgotten what this felt like.”
“My knees work again. The pain has gone. I can go cycling again.”
The acupuncture procedure takes about 30 minutes in total. 5 minutes are taken to insert the needles in the respective locations. On average 15-25 needles are used per session. The needles are then left in for 20 minutes while you relax. They are then taken out and you are allowed to rest for another couple of minutes.
This depends totally on the client, their constitution, the condition and how long it has been going on for. Generally speaking more recent, acute issues are quite easy to resolve and tend to take a few weeks. Chronic, conditions tend to take a few months.
Acupuncture is rarely painful. The majority of points used are barely felt. There are, however, a few points that are uncomfortable, for instance, around the hands and feet, which I avoid where possible.
There are a variety of sensations that can occur. For instance, some people feel warming or cooling sensations around certain points. Some feel movement sensations, even electrical-like sensations.