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The traditional Chinese technique of acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy flows through the body in certain channels called meridians. By inserting tiny needles into special points on these channels, the treatment can provide a wide range of health benefits.

Treatment
The procedure used in acupuncture is very simple with sessions lasting approximately thirty to forty minutes. Extremely thin needles are inserted just under the skin to address the patient's particular problem. The treatment should be pain free, although you may feel a tingling sensation as the needles pierce your skin. More details on the acupuncture treatment process.

Pain
Acupuncture is used to address a variety of aches and pains in the body. The treatment is believed to be effective in treating everything from neck pain to post-operative pain. More information on how the technique can help address aches and pains.

Back pain
Acupuncture is increasingly being accepted as the most effective form of treatment for back pain. Lower back pain in particular can be dramatically improved with just a few sessions of the treatment. More details on treating back pain.

Fertility
Recent studies have almost dispelled the belief that acupuncture can aid fertility. Research has shown that the treatment does not improve birth rates in women trying to have a baby. More information on fertility and acupuncture.

Pregnancy
Acupuncture can be a useful tool during pregnancy to encourage relaxation, and to address the common aches and pains experienced by pregnant women. However, always discuss the matter with you GP before having treatment, as there is some evidence to suggest that it can cause uterine contractions. Further information on acupuncture during pregnancy.

Weight Loss
There is some debate as to whether acupuncture can be of benefit to people trying to lose weight. Many women who've had the procedure say it helped alleviate the feelings of anxiety or frustration which contributed to their overeating. More details on the treatment for weight loss.

Facial treatment
One of the latest ways to hold back the signs of aging is facial acupuncture. The technique is said to produce results on a par with Botox, and many Hollywood stars are rumoured to have regular sessions of the treatment. More information on facial acupuncture.

Private clinics
Up until recently, private acupuncture clinics in the UK were very poorly regulated. However, the government is now taking steps to better protect the public from substandard clinics and inexperienced practitioners. More details on clinics in the UK.

Specialist in London
There are dozens of acupuncture clinics in London, many of which provide very high levels of care and treatment. Most major private hospitals provide the procedure, and you'll also find a number of well regarded independent acupuncture clinics throughout the capital. More information on specialists in London.

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