About Acupuncture and Research

Acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years.

Bryan doing a treatment using thin needles

The basis of Chinese Medicine is treating the whole person taking into account where imbalances and blocks may be causing illness or disease.

Acupuncturists can use energy pathways or meridians or treat specific areas where there is discomfort.

When the qi, or vital energy, can’t flow freely through your meridians, illness and pain occur. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific points I look to restore balance and trigger your bodies healing response.

Each patient is unique and two people with the same western diagnosis may well get different acupuncture treatments. The focus is on the individual and not just the illness and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other.

There are acupuncture points all over the body but most are seldom used. The most common points treated are from elbows to fingers and knees to toes.

I also use moxibustion which is a way of applying indirect heat using moxa (a dried therapeutic herb) to warm points and areas and relax muscles – it’s especially lovely in the winter!

Acupuncture has been recommended by agencies such as NICE ( National Institute for Clinical Excellence – UK) and the World Health Organisation.

Further information

Use the links below for further information or please contact me to talk about how I might be able to help you.

The British Acupuncture Council has published research on how effective acupuncture is for many conditions:

Contact me

Please contact me to see how I might be able to help you:

0777 1901 131 or bryan@bryanmelville.co.uk

Locations: Neal’s Yard and Combe Grove in Bath