Medical Acupuncture

A growing body of clinical evidence shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) now advises Medical Acupuncture for early management of persistent non-specific back pain. For more information see


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has been used in China for over two thousand years. In modern day China, acupuncture is used in hospitals to complement Western medical techniques. It is now widely accepted as an effective therapy across the world. The aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the body's own healing response and restore its natural balance. Acupuncture does this by treating the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms. Chinese Five Element Acupuncture balances the flow of energy (Qi) along the body's meridian lines. Ultra fine needles are inserted into specific points along these channels in the body to activate the Qi (vital energy).


The flow of Qi around the body can be disturbed by any number of factors. Good health and wellbeing is not necessarily due to obvious, physical elements. Other factors include emotions, nutrition, hereditary factors, and trauma and this is why traditional acupuncture treats the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms. Acupuncture is safe when carried out by a qualified practitioner. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable and are solid, unlike those used for injections or blood tests. Simon Chesney is registered with the British Acupuncture Society. 

Healthy Balance highly recommends the use of acupuncture for unlocking vitality and to support the healing process. Healthy Balance and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) discourage acupuncture treatment being used in isolation, to treat any conditions for which conventional medical supervision should be sought. 

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