Acupuncture is an ancient therapy in which fine, sterile needles are inserted into particular points on the body. There is evidence that suggests it can help people experiencing cancer-related symptoms including hot flushes, nausea, and insomnia.
Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago. In Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, it is believed that stimulation of acupuncture points (meridians) can restore the balance and flow of vital energy (often referred to as ‘qi’) throughout the body, thereby having a positive affect on illness.
In recent years there has been increasing research into Acupuncture, and now there is scientific evidence that shows that stimulation of acupuncture points can release natural painkillers (such as endorphins and serotonin) and modify the brain’s perception of pain, which may help to relieve pain and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Based on the current available evidence we recommend considering a course of acupuncture if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
There is also some evidence that suggests that acupuncture may also stimulate the body’s immune system.
Is it painful?
An overwhelming majority of people report that acupuncture is not painful. Most people experience a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle or a slight tingling feeling where the needle is inserted.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. Serious side effects are less than one per 10,000 treatments. Our experienced acupuncturists will discuss with you any possible side effects or contraindications.
When is it available at Star Throwers?
Wednesdays weekly from 10am-1pm. Once a month on Monday 1-4pm. Please contact us on 01953 423304 to have an initial conversation and to discuss booking an appointment.