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Brighton Community Acupuncture

The aim of Brighton Community Acupuncture is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to all, no matter what their income, by treating people in a multi-bed environment. Traditionally in the UK, acupuncture is carried out by one practitioner treating one person at a time and charging anywhere from £40 to £60 per treatment. This automatically excludes a lot of people who can not afford this. At Brighton Community Acupuncture, more than one person can be treated at once. By treating several people together in the same communal space, treatment costs can be significantly reduced, while still being able to maintain the costs of running the clinic. The benefit of having treatment at Brighton Community Acupuncture is that people can afford as much acupuncture as they need to get well and stay well.

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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, including babies and children and is fantastic for maintaining the health and well being of the whole family.

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How acupuncture works

Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. According to Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s life force energy, known as qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin, known as meridians. The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections or trauma. When qi is unbalanced, illness may result. Acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing; physical, mental, and emotional. The aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance through the insertion of ultra fine needles at chosen points along the meridians. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as at your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.

 

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What can acupuncture do for me?

In recent years The British Acupuncture Council, and The World Health Organization have researched a growing body of evidence, showing that acupuncture is effective at treating over 100 serious medical conditions, such as:

Back painSciaticaTennis ElbowCarpal Tunnel SyndromeChronic PainSports InjuriesStrokeNeuropathic PainOsteoarthritisRheumatoid ArthritisFrozen Shoulder,AcneSinusitisAllergic RhinitisTinnitusHeadacheVertigo (Ménière’s syndrome)DepressionAnxietyInsomniaMigrainesBell’s palsyChronic Fatigue SyndromeGastrointestinal Tract DisordersIBSChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)CystitisUrinary IncontinencePolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Premenstrual SyndromeEndometriosisInfertility ARTMenopause SymptomsDysmenorrhoeaFemale FertilityMale InfertilityThyroid Disease

Increasingly women are choosing to have acupuncture to support them throughout pregnancy, labour and after giving birth. In addition, it is increasingly used by couples dealing with problems of fertility or to support IVF treatment.

Acupuncture is often used in the treatment of a variety of conditions and in conjunction with western medicine.

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What happens during a treatment?

In the Brighton community acupuncture project, treatment couches are divided by partitions to preserve your privacy. On your first visit you’ll be asked to fill out a health history questionnaire. The practitioner may ask you for more information regarding some of your answers. You’ll then be shown to a treatment couch, where the practitioner will look at your tongue and take your pulse. A diagnosis can then be made, and a treatment plan formulated. During the consultation and treatment, please remember to talk quietly so as not to disturb other people having treatment.

There is generally no need to undress for treatment, as the most frequently used points are below the knees and elbows. For this reason it is best to wear loose or baggy clothing which can easily be rolled up above the knees and elbows. However, should the need arise to use points above your knees or elbows, or on your back or stomach, blankets are used to keep you warm and covered at all times. Once the needles are inserted it takes about 20-45 minutes for them to work their magic. During this time it’s best to just relax into the treatment as deeply as possible. While you’re relaxing the practitioner is free to start treating someone else, although they will check back on you regularly throughout your treatment, and will be close at hand should you need them.

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How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture, like all medicine, often requires a course of treatment in order to be effective; one treatment often isn’t enough to create a lasting change to a person’s symptoms. If you only have a few treatments, or your treatments are too infrequent, the acupuncture may not build up the momentum to give you the healing you seek. Many people experience a significant change in their symptoms after about ten treatments. However, conditions which are serious or chronic maybe be stubborn, and therefore need more treatment over a longer period of time. Often the main obstacle preventing people from committing to enough treatments to get themselves better, and stay better is money. Brighton Community Acupuncture offers treatments from £12 to £35 making acupuncture an affordable medicine.

To book an appointment, or to find out more about Brighton Community Acupuncture
please call: 07964291417 or email: info@brightoncommunityacupuncture.co.uk

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