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Acupuncture

Also known as: TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture

Summary
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the stimulation of special points on the body, known as acupuncture points, for therapeutic or preventive purposes. It centres on the belief that energy flows through the body along channels and that energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced chi), can be disturbed by many factors. By inserting fine, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles into the channels of energy, or specific points located on body, acupuncturists aim to stimulate the body’s response and help to restore the flow so it moves in a smooth and balanced way. Acupuncture can influence the body via the nervous system to help restore balance, improve the function of the body and relieve symptoms.
Description
First session begins with a consultation and a discussion of your medical history. TCM acupuncturists may also look at your tongue and take your pulse to help to decide which meridians to work on and where to place the needles. The remaining time is spent having the acupuncture treatment itself. The acupuncturist will insert up to 12 fine acupuncture needles into appropriate acupuncture points on the body. The needles used are extremely small and fine, very different from needles used for injections. These will usually stay in for at least 20 minutes while you rest. The experience can leave you feeling more grounded, refreshed, and relaxed. Acupuncture can be helpful with the relief of symptoms and side effects at any stage of cancer and its treatments and is usually given in a course of 3-6 treatments, according to the needs of the individual. Each session lasts for up to one hour.
History
Traditional acupuncture is a branch of TCM, a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. All styles of acupuncture currently practised around the world trace their roots back to the first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, which dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. In China during the early part of the twentieth century traditional medicine fell out of fashion as symptomatic healthcare treatments were imported from the West along with other cultural influences. Calls by Western trained doctors to ban traditional Chinese medicine were rejected by the National Medical Assembly in Shanghai on 17 March 1929. This day is still celebrated every year as Chinese Doctors Day. Traditional Chinese medicine remained in the shadow of Western medicine until the Long March of 1934-5. Without drugs, anaesthetics or surgery, vast numbers of sick and wounded soldiers faced death until doctors of traditional Chinese medicine achieved amazing results using acupuncture and other traditional methods of treatment. From this point on, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine were practised side by side in China. Under the People’s Republic of China, established in 1948, all branches of TCM were nurtured and encouraged to grow. By 1978, whole hospitals and research departments were devoted to the practice of TCM. Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.
 
Notes
Acupuncture is available in some parts of the UK from the NHS; your GP should have information about this. All individual acupuncturists in the Yes to Life directory are based within the UK and have been specially selected by Yes to Life on the basis of their suitability. They are all working within one of the many specialist cancer support units. All are fully qualified and insured and are required to have a minimum of 2 years experience of working with and supporting cancer patients and their relatives, although in most cases they have been working in the field for much longer than that. If you are contacting one of the clinics on the directory, please check that your acupuncturist is fully qualified, is a member of a recognised professional body which represents their therapy and that they have public liability insurance. Several studies have found that acupuncture can reduce chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting and can also effectively reduce certain types of pain, particularly lower back pain as recommended by NICE. The evidence for acupuncture’s role in cancer-related pain reduction is promising but inconclusive, although in some cases acupuncture has enabled patients to reduce levels of pain medication required. It may also help to relieve some of the other possible side effects of cancer treatments such as fatigue, breathlessness, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, anxiety, hot flushes and night sweats, although research is inconclusive and more high quality research is needed.
 
Typical Therapy Costs
British pound 40 – 80 . Some clinics offer an initial package of up to eight free/ low cost sessions. Further private session range from 40 to 80 for initial consultation, further sessions 30 to 70.
 

Providers

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The Holistic Medical Clinic is a privately run clinic that has been established for 20 years. Dr Moran and his staff believe in maintaining wellness Read More
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The Dove Clinic provides a range of complementary therapies under the direction of Dr. Julian Kenyon. State-of-the-art medical technology and subtle Read More
The New Hope Medical Center treatment strategy focuses on mainstream and alternative medicine to meet individual needs. It centres on non-toxic Read More
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Run by Dr. Martin Kowk, ND, MSAOM, RAC. Dr. Kwok established Richmond Alternative Medical Clinic in the summer of 1997 and has been offering patients Read More
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Altair has been training in Holistic Medicine since 1975. His studies have covered a wide range of Holistic Medicine: Feng Sui, Meditation, Nutrition Read More
The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre is a self-funding registered charity. The Centre aims to help and support anyone affected by cancer, from Read More
Wimbledon Clinic of Natural Medicine offers a tailored combination of natural treatment and medicine specifically developed by Dr. Thomas Read More
Synergy Healthcare is Belfast's First Integrated Medical Centre. Synergy Healthcare was originally established in 1998 by Dr. Finbar Magee and Read More
Integrated Health Clinic is a Naturopathic Health and Cancer Care Centre which was founded in 2000 by husband and wife team Dr's. Karen and Gurdev Read More
Founded in 1986, Sunflowers was set up by a group of people who had something in common; each had been affected by Cancer and each had found a lack Read More
The oldest and largest Chinese Medical Clinic in the UK. Established in 1972, AcuMedic has treated over 50,000 people using Acupuncture and Chinese Read More
Dr Kopic's clinic in Stuttgart offers a personalised approach using therapeutic strategies based on detailed molecular profiling of individual Read More
Coping with Cancer has a team of therapists who are experienced in treating those affected by cancer and are able to offer an extensive range of Read More
The Holistic Centre Godalming was established in June 2000 and has been growing steadily since then. Their emphasis has always been on providing Read More
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The origins of Wirral Holistic Care Services stretch back 20 years. It was then that Dorothy Crowther, their chief executive, first proposed the idea Read More
The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre was launched in 2002 to provide help and information to residents in the borough of Enfield whose lives have Read More
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is an independent charity providing a range of support services to cancer patients, their carers and families. Read More
The Munro Health Co-Operative Ltd is dedicated to the provision of complementary health care to people who would normally not be able to afford such Read More
The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living is an award-winning registered charity offering a broad range of drug-free treatments and holistic health Read More
The Haven offers free support, information and complementary therapies to anyone affected by breast cancer. At their Havens in London, Hereford and Read More
The Hospice strongly believes that complementary therapies can work together with medical and nursing care to improve a patient's well-being, reduce Read More
The Fountain Centre is located within The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, and is an integral part of the St Luke's Cancer Centre. Read More
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The Bracken Trust supports those who are coping with cancer, their families and the bereaved. Located in secluded premises on the outskirts of Read More
The Cancer Support Centre, Sutton Coldfield work alongside the local health services, hospices and other cancer charities so that people affected by Read More
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is the largest public-sector provider of integrated medicine in Europe. Formerly known as Read More
Sandville Self Help Centre is open to all people suffering from cancer 7 days a week, 10 am - 4 pm. They offer help in a very relaxed and happy Read More
Penny Brohn UK is a national charity, funded by public donations that provides free, integrative care to cancer patients Read More
The Lyndale Knowsley Cancer Support Centre is a voluntary group and charity, founded in 1983, to help and support people affected by cancer, their Read More
New Approaches to Cancer is a national registered charity that was started by a group of four colleagues - two doctors and two healers back in 1969. Read More
Every week Grove House offers over 150 treatments and consultations to patients, their families and carers at Grove House or at home. All services Read More
The FORCE Cancer Support Centre (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter) offers practical and emotional support to anyone affected Read More
Coping with Cancer North East celebrated 30 years as a charity in 2012. Founded as a support group, Coping With Cancer North East exists to offer Read More
CYANA provides cancer support for the residents of Newham and surrounding boroughs. Qualified and experienced Counsellors offer one-to-one, couple Read More
The Complementary Cancer Care Trust supports and encourages a holistic approach to self-care and seeks to address the physical and emotional needs of Read More
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Cherry Lodge Cancer Care is an independent charity committed to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer, their carers and Read More
Chai Cancer Care is the Jewish Community's Cancer Support Organisation, providing services for patients and their family and friends affected by a Read More
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Dr Bernard Willis's holistic and integrative medical clinic, The Optimal Wellness Centre, assists by helping build a strong health foundation. Read More
Founded in 1987, Cancerkin was the first dedicated holistic breast cancer charity based on a hospital site, the Royal Free Hospital North London. Read More
Cavendish Cancer Care are an independent charity which was established in 1991, and gives free emotional support and complementary therapies to Read More
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