What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years to treat both acute and long-term illnesses.

Chinese medicine is based on the concept of Qi (or ‘Chi’), which is the vital energy or life force that flows through a system of energetic ‘channels’ or meridians in the body. When Qi gets blocked, the body, mind and spirit become unbalanced, and pain and ill-health follow. Your symptoms indicate the ways in which your system is out of balance. Acupuncture can rebalance it, aiming to tackle the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms – this dual approach helps in resolving your condition and enhancing your feelings of overall wellbeing.

Acupuncture offers highly sophisticated diagnosis and treatment, addressing acute, recent, chronic and recurring problems, and often achieving successful remedies for conditions that modern Western medicine has difficulty in treating effectively.

Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for a range of health conditions including osteoarthritis, nausea, and migraines. In addition, the World Health Organisation’s Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials of Acupuncture suggests that it is beneficial for a range of conditions including headaches, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), facial pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, various digestive disorders, painful periods and PMS, high and low blood pressure, angina, stress, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

Please take a look at our list of factsheets and recent research into acupuncture for a wide range of health conditions – see the column on the right of this page.

What happens in an acupuncture treatment?

Affordable acupuncture

Not everyone can afford the £35-£45 fee for a private acupuncture consultation! Community acupuncture clinics offer the same standard of care, hygiene and effectiveness at a vastly reduced cost.

At Love Community Acupuncture, we run two clinics:

The private clinic at Bishy Road, where you see an acupuncturist one-to-one for a 45-minute appointment. At Bishy Road, we use a pay-what-you-can-afford model, and you decide what you want to pay from £20 – £35.

The multibed clinic at the University of York, where we run six treatment beds in the same large room, using towels and screens to protect your privacy. At the University, we charge a flat £15 rate.