What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practised in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body, most often done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.

Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.

Acupuncture on a patient back

Castle Craig Hospital offers auricular acupuncture, part of our complementary therapies, as a safe way to relieve withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from alcohol or drugs.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture offers the following benefits:

  • Relieves withdrawal symptoms
  • Improves sleep and helps deal with insomnia
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins which enhance the immune system and reduce pain, stress and anxiety.

Our fully-trained acupuncturist applies thin needles gently under the skin of the outer ear at five designated ear points and to a depth of about 3mm. We issue the acupuncture in a relaxed group setting and each session lasts for around 40 minutes. Disposable, sterilised needles ensure strict hygienic practice.

Acupuncture may be included in individual treatment plans, depending on availability and referral by either medical or therapeutic staff.

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Acupuncture is approved by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. The National Institute of Drug Abuse stresses that the use of acupuncture in the treatment of addiction is effective and leads to significant results.

Patient Comments

‘Acupuncture has benefited me greatly, physically and psychologically. My sleeping has improved immensely and my mental state, mood and anxiety are more balanced.’

‘I have an irrational fear of needles! D. made me relax and settled me and was incredibly comforting and caring throughout the whole process! I haven’t felt so relaxed for a very long time! Thanks!’

‘Well organised, well explained and treated individually with respect.’

‘I am a complete convert to this therapy, it has helped a great deal with my anxiety and insomnia.’

‘I was doubtful but proven wrong. Really helpful. Will go for more sessions.’

‘Helped ease disability pain.’

‘Patients should all try it.’