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How Does Acupuncture Work

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Patients often ask exactly how does acupuncture work?

One of the most common questions i hear when conducting a consultation is “How does Acupuncture Work?”. The idea behind Acupuncture can be very technical, but in this blog post i will attempt to explain in a manner that will not give you a headache!  But if it does we can help you with that also.

Acupuncture practitioners look at the body like a series of pipes circulating blood, nerves and energy throughout the body. When one of these pipes (known as a channel) becomes blocked or impeded, then pain, numbness or tingling can be felt. By inserting tiny needles into the correct channel, we can unblock the problem or stagnant pipe and allow a smooth pathway to flow again. Once this happens the pain or sensation will cease and the area will function correctly again.


How Does Acupuncture Work

The sciatic nerve can become impinged and cause sciatica

Is one of your channels blocked?

A great example of this working is when I treat sciatica. The sciatic nerve becomes impeded from passing through its normal pathway. This blockage causes tightness in the muscle and pain. I often have to target two channels to cure this problem and once these two pipes are unblocked, the pain disappears and the muscle relaxes and functions like normal.

This is explaining how acupuncture works in the simplest form. However, this simple approach can be so effective when treating pain.

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Alternative To Antibiotics

Is Acupuncture A Good Alternative To Antibiotics?

Richard from Bournemouth Acupuncture explains how acupuncture can be used as a alternative to antibiotics.

On the 13th October 2017 England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, issued a call to action, warning that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell “the end of modern medicine”. In recent times antibiotics are have been greatly over prescribed. Patients are given little time with their doctors and generally ask for antibiotics for their virus, before exploring other options or assessing whether they actually need them. In turn it is a doctor’s duty to help the patient and give them something to help their situation.  Many pharmacist have stated that the use of antibiotics for common colds is normally unnecessary and there are other medicines that can work just as well.

Alternative To Antibiotics

Dame Sally Davies has warned of a post-antibiotic apocalypse, if new antibiotics are not found.

It is not just doctors who prescribe antibiotics. In modern agriculture antibiotics are widely used to treat herds of animals. This is a standard practice and often strong antibiotics can be used to treat the sick animal and then given to the whole herd to prevent the virus spreading. Once inside the animal they will be passed onto humans via consuming meat and dairy produce.

As a acupuncturist i see and treat many types of infection. A recent example was a patient who was suffering with a tooth infection. He had been taking antibiotics for two weeks but still had the infection. He came to see me and after one session his tooth stopped hurting and the infection cleared up.

Some other common cases i see are bladder infections, ear infections, infected wounds or bites, gastroenteritis, bugs, viruses, common colds, chest infections, coughs etc.

Fighting simple viruses like a common cold without antibiotics is generally better for you in the long run, as your immune system will become stronger and more resistant to colds in the future.

If you have any questions about how acupuncture can be used as a alternative to antibiotics please contact us


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Sports Injuries

AFC Bournemouth Sponsorship and Sports Injuries

Tendonitis treated with Acupuncture

As Bournemouth Acupuncture have decided to sponsor AFC Bournemouth we thought we would let you know how successful acupuncture is in the recovery of sports injuries .

Being injured can be very frustrating no matter what level of sport you play and each sport can present different injuries. However one common condition that can plague any athlete is tendonitis. This is a painful condition that can affect any tendon. Achilles tendonitis is an example of this and happens when the achilles becomes inflamed, irritated and causes pain when walking or running. If left untreated tendonitis can take a long time to heal.

Acupuncture is considered one of best treatments for tendonitis, as it works like a powerful anti-inflammatory and clears inflammation away from the affected area. This is a well known benefit of acupuncture and as tendonitis is an inflammatory condition, acupuncture has become a reliable method of treatment for many athletes.

We see many patients with sports injuries and a patient recently came into the clinic seeking treatment for a achilles tendon problem that had not responded to other forms of treatment. He was a skier and wanted to get back to doing what he loved. After one session it became very apparent that acupuncture was going to be able to help him. After 3 sessions he was well on the way to getting back on the slopes.

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