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Acupuncture has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and involves fine needles being inserted into certain areas of the body to help relieve pain or to ease the symptoms of chronic conditions including asthma, eczema, depression and infertility. After a medical diagnosis, the needles are used to stimulate nerves which release endorphins, the body’s pain reducing chemical which can ease painful conditions.
Acupuncture is highly restricted on the NHS so many patients choose to explore this treatment privately.
In can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetic (Facial Rejuvenation) Acupuncture can be traced back to the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1070AD) in China where it was reserved exclusively for the concubines of the Emperor.
It became popular amongst celebrities in the United States over 20 years ago and is an effective, non-invasive treatment which can particularly help in reducing the signs of ageing, so much so that it has been featured on the Channel 4 TV series '10 Years Younger'.
If conventional medicine has not been completely successful, the option of Homeopathic Medicine is certainly worth considering. Arrange a consultation with our expert Medical Homeopath at Pall Mall Medical to discuss your options.
Homeopathy is a medical practice and philosophy based on the idea that the body can be encouraged to heal itself naturally. For example, if something can cause an illness in a healthy person, giving the person a very tiny (homeopathic) amount of the same substance or something similar could be helpful in stimulating the body's natural healing processes.
The principle of Homeopathic Medicine was discovered in the late 1700s by the esteemed Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician, discovered the principle of Homeopathic Medicine in the late 1700s and it has been recognised by the NHS since 1948. Although recognised, homeopathy is not widely given as a treatment on the NHS and most patients see private practitioners.
Homeopathy is a holistic therapy which means it looks at both the physical and emotional aspects of what could be causing a patient’s illness. Once a diagnosis has been given, the symptoms are then treated naturally which can minimise the risk of side-effects.
Successful outcomes often result with a broad spectrum of benefits to general health and wellbeing. It is safe and can be very effective for both children and adults of all ages.
Did you know that acupuncture is an effective non-drug based therapy for hay fever?
- Most people don’t!
Researchers from the Charite-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany found evidence to support that “Hay fever sufferers who underwent 12 acupuncture sessions experienced fewer symptoms and required less antihistamine medication compared to a control group.”
Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is a common ailment that is most prevalent in the springtime and early summer. It is a miserable condition affecting 1 in 4 people, which includes symptoms such as:
Although the illness is not serious it can be extremely difficult to cope with, often causing disruption to your life at work and home with many day-to-day activities. The causes of Hay Fever are due to tree, flower and grass pollens, which tend to be more common in the spring and early summer
Conventional treatments generally include antihistamine drugs as well as oral and intranasal corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists and decongestants.
Many people opt to choose a course of acupuncture because it is effective and a “more natural” choice as a non-drug based therapy.
If you are being affected by hay fever at this time of the year, why not make an appointment to see our resident Consultant in Integrated Medicine, Lord Ward-Atherton, to discuss a course of Acupuncture treatment for your symptoms.
"I suffered from hay fever for 8 years – the irritated eyes and nose really affected my day-to-day life, making simple things feel like a chore. I tried a several ways of treating it – antihistamines, nose sprays, eye drops, etc., but having to treat it every day wasn’t an ideal solution.
A couple of summers ago I decided to try acupuncture at Pall Mall Medical. I didn’t believe it would make much of a difference, but at this point I was willing to give anything a go. I had a quick 30-minute session once a week for about a month, and the effects were better than I could have imagined. Since the treatment two years ago, I still haven’t experienced any severe allergy symptoms, and I no longer have to plan in advance if I’m going to be exposed to allergens, which makes things a lot easier!
I’d definitely recommend acupuncture to anybody who suffers from allergies!"
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