AcupunctureAcupuncture is an ancient therapy for restoring balance to the body’s natural energy systems. Acupuncture theory is based on the concept of Qi. It therefore teaches that the life force energy in our bodies. Qi circulates through energy channels or meridians.

Qi is the power or force that fuels and drives both body and mind functions. Acupuncture works by inserting very fine sterilized disposable acupuncture needles into meridians (the channels of energy).

An acupuncturist stimulates the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance/homeostasis. As the energy of each organ travels to and affects different areas of the body, an acupuncturist may needle an area seemingly unrelated to the location of the symptoms. By leaving the needles in for approximately 20 minutes, a circuit of energy will be created which will help to correct any imbalance, thereby bringing relief to the patient.

An acupuncturist can identify 12 internal organs, each having a corresponding meridian or channel through which the Qi of the organ flows. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors including; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork. Blocked Qi can manifest itself in areas that are different color, particularly cold or hot, or painful. These signs can help an acupuncturist determine which points are most suitable.

Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of the acupuncture treatment which aims to helps the body to re-balance itself. Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or acupressure. It is also commonly used in conjunction with Chinese Tuina Massage and Chinese Herbal medicine.

Acupuncture FAQ’s

Acupuncture is given to most patients who come for Chinese Medicine treatment at our London clinic. It involves the gentle insertion of very fine, sterilised, disposable needles into points on the body. These acupuncture points correspond to energy channels or meridians, and an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help to restore its natural balance.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Every acupuncturist who practices at Asanté Academy, is qualified at degree level or above with many of our practitioners holding MSc’s and PhD’s in Chinese Medicine. Our acupuncturists have many years experience in both UK and China and all are members of either ATCM or BAcC. Sterile disposable needles are always used and our clinic adheres strictly to Codes of Practice from BAcC and ATCM.

Does an Acupuncture treatment hurt?

Very little. Your acupuncturist will be using needles which are very fine and flexible. The needles are usually inserted only to a few millimetres. If this is a worry, your acupuncturist can use even finer needles or needle-free techniques.

How long does an acupuncture treatment last?

Most acupuncture treatments last 20-30 minutes. The experience is usually very relaxing and you may feel a heavy sensation in your limbs.

Who can benefit from acupuncture?

Acupuncture is especially effective for all musculo-skeletal conditions, sports injuries, chronic pain symptoms, arthritis, back pain and rheumatism. It is also used very effectively alongside Chinese herbs and Tuina massagefor many other conditions.

How can I book a session?

If you would like to book an acupuncture treatment with us, please call 0207272 6888 / 020 8347 6677Alternatively you can email us at

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