Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.

While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”.

It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, releasing chemicals that help reduce pain and inflammation and influence mood and mental state. Acupuncture helps balance the body’s internal environment, known as homeostasis and this facilitates and increases the body’s healing potential.

Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system.

Neil is trained in full body and auricular (ear) acupuncture as well as electro-acupuncture (electrical needle stimulation). Acupuncture can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a wider treatment approach. Neil also uses a technique called Battlefield Acupuncture, which was developed by an American Air Force Colonel and Medical Doctor, Richard Niemtzow. Battlefield acupuncture uses specific points in the ear to quickly reduce pain. The placement of tiny semi-permanent gold-plated needles into these points will block pain from as quickly as 5 minutes and lasts from a few hours to several days or longer. This technique is used across many American military establishments and aids in the reduction of pain in personnel. Many people report up to 75% pain reduction following one treatment of Battlefield Acupuncture (25% is considered a success with traditional pain medications).

Acupuncture treatment duration may vary from once or twice a week for several weeks to months depending on the specific condition being treated. Often, only a few treatments are required to get the desired effect.

Neil provides acupuncture for the following conditions:

  • Joint (osteoarthritis) pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Neck/low back pain
  • Chronic widespread pain
  • Headache/migraine
  • Inflammation
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Anxiety/stress

For more information regarding acupuncture and to find out if your condition can be treated, please contact us on 0191 375 7600.