The health benefits of acupuncture

The health benefits of acupuncture and how it works

Did you know that acupuncture can improve your health and has been used for over 2,000 years as a safe and effective alternative to medical intervention to treat and improve a vast number of health conditions? Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest and longest established forms of healthcare.

What is acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations helps to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.

In the China it continues to feature in mainstream healthcare and is now also widely accepted all over the world both as a stand alone treatment and in combination with other forms of medicine.

How does it work?

An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body. The needles are so fine that most people don’t notice them being inserted and many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.

Our fully qualified acupuncturist, Hanya Chlala, will diagnose which combination of points is right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle, as well as your symptoms.

Which conditions can be treated?

Acupuncture can be used to treat a whole range of symptoms including anxiety, insomnia, migraines, hormonal regulation and IBS symptoms.


Acupuncture can be used to effectively treat anxiety. Research has shown that acupuncture helps to ease anxiety by acting on areas of the brain in charge with reducing sensitivity to pain and stress, hence promoting the relaxation response.

Acupuncture regulates hormones and neurotransmitters that are known to affect our mood and well-being, such as endorphins, serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine. Acupuncture can be also used safely and effectively in conjunction with conventional drug treatment, minimizing the unwanted side effects.

Treatment is always based on a full case history before deciding on a treatment plan that may consist of acupuncture, herbal medicine if necessary, lifestyle and dietary advice. We have seen great results in addressing anxiety disorders and it is really rewarding to see positive effects in our patient’s lives.

Hormonal regulation

When hormones are out of balance, symptoms such as fatigue, low libido, weight gain or weight loss, depression, irregular menstruation and others begin to appear and wreak havoc on a person’s overall well being. Acupuncture can be used to minimize the fluctuations and treat the hormonal imbalances as well.

Recent studies have also proven the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women. It can help to reduce the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, night sweats, aches and pains.

Digestive conditions

Acupuncture for digestive problems is a safe and effective way to naturally treat many acute and chronic conditions of this important body system. It can help in treating many digestive orders including bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, heartburn and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Using acupuncture for digestive problems works by nourishing related organs, reducing inflammation of the stomach and pancreas and improving digestive functions.

Our acupuncturist Hanya Chlala has practiced acupuncture for 15 years at the LSE offering affordable treatments to students and staff. Hanya is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and a register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

Book an appointment with Hanya or call on 077893 22821