Western or "Medical"Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling, is a western adaptation of traditional acupuncture. It is practised predominantly by non traditional Chinese medicine qualified practitioners such as physiotherapists and osteopaths. The acupuncture techniques used are similar to those used by traditional Chinese medical practitioners but tend to be applied following a western medical diagnosis. From this point of view Western acupuncture should not be confused with Traditional acupuncture. The application of this technique is based primarily on anatomy, physiology and western scientific findings, such as, reduction in excess muscle tension/spasm, stimulating the release of the body's natural pain killing hormones known as endorphins. For this reason Western acupuncture is especially effective in the management of musculoskeletal pain.
However, Western acupuncture can help in a variety of conditions:
- Pain relief for a wide range of painful conditions
- Nausea, especially postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Overactive bladder, also known as bladder detrusor instability
- Menstrual and menopausal problems, eg period pains and hot flushes
- Allergies such as hay fever and some types of allergic rashes
- Some other skin problems such as ulcers, itching and localised rashes
- Sinus problems
Treatment for addictions and smoking
Acupuncture has been used in the treatment of addictions since a chance observation in the early 1970s that it modified the withdrawal symptoms in opiate addicts. Clinical research has yet to confirm whether or not acupuncture is useful in the management of withdrawal from addictive substances.
Acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation can be performed at the Troon, Glasgow and Edinburgh Clinic. Treatment involves three sessions over the first ten days of cessation aimed at helping patients tolerate the withdrawal effects of nicotine, without requiring replacement therapy (i.e. patches or gum).
Management of withdrawal from other addictive substances (drugs) is not undertaken at the clinic.
Blood donors will require a certificate from the clinic to present at their next blood donation visit.
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