BAcC_Member_cropAcupuncture is one of the oldest yet most commonly used medical treatments in the world. Originating in Eastern Asia over 2,000 years ago, it involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points to stimulate the body to heal itself.

The needles used are single use, and not much thicker than a human hair. They are not usually felt when they are inserted, however, when the needle reaches the acupuncture point an aching or numb sensation may be felt.

Traditionally acupuncture was said to affect the flow of ‘qi’, or the body’s energy, though we now know that acupuncture has a number of biological mechanisms. Locally the needling causes a micro injury, stimulating the body to increase blood flow and local analgesia and facilitating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. System-wide, the treatment is thought to stimulate the activation of neural pathways and the secretion of specific neurotransmitters, such as endorphins which facilitate relaxation and pain relief.

Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and it can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. For more information, please visit the British Acupuncture Council website.

Laura Catlow

BSc Hons Dip Ac MBAcC lauraBritish Acupuncture Council Registration No: 958112

Laura studied Biomedical Sciences at Bradford University, then Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York, graduating in 2006. She established Sunnyside Clinic soon after qualifying, and has also worked for a time at a Manchester fertility clinic.

Laura is registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and Acupuncture Fertility Network.