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What Is The History Of Acupuncture?

In The Beginning

Obtaining Acupuncture In Kirriemuir is as easy as booking an appointment with The Biochemic Practitioner In Kirriemuir. It might surprise you to learn that the origins of acupuncture are from much further afield than Kirriemuir!

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine practised in China and the far east for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined to give a detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.

Without the benefit of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body. Traditional acupuncture has steadily grown in popularity in the UK since the 1970s.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world and has in the last few years, lended itself into 2 main areas of expertise. Traditional acupuncture which deals with balancing the bodies energy flow (Qi) and Medical Acupuncture which is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions and pain conditions such as acute and chronic muscular pain, which involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles to release .

This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. Its likely that these naturally released substances are responsible of the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body.

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Benefits Of Acupuncture

The Biochemic Practitioner In Kirriemuir specialises in Acupuncture In Kirriemuir specialifically "Medical Acupuncture" and as acupuncturists we treat a wide range of muscular conditions such as muscles spasms, muscle tension and muscle tightness. A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is continually discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. Some of these benefits include stimulating the nerves located in muscles and other tissue releasing endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord. It helps by reducing inflammation by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors. Obtaining Acupuncture In Kirriemuir at our clinic may well help you with pain relief from your aches!

It improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation which aids swelling and bruising, It reduces the use of medication and provides a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time. Most importantly, acupuncture improves the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

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​Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK

Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

Possible Side Effects

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a qualified practitioner.

Any minor side effects that do occur,  include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.

Sometimes following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better however tiredness is the most common side effect.

Totally Safe

Acupuncture requires needles to be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use and they are disposed of in a Sharps Bin.  A Sharps Bin is a specially designed box with a lid that we can get from the local pharmacist. When full, the box is sent back to the pharmacist to dispose of properly.

Treatment from a properly trained and qualified practitioner is the best guarantee of safe and effective treatment.

How Is It Performed?

If you are obtaining Acupuncture in Kirriemuir with The Biochemic Practitioner, then an initial acupuncture session usually lasts a little over 1 hour and involves an assessment of your general health and medical history and will also include a physical examination. You will be asked to either sit down or lie down and remove the part of clothing that is needing treatment. Needles are then inserted into specific places on the body which we call acupuncture points. Several points may be used during a typical session, depending on the number of symptoms you have. The needles used are very fine and are usually a few centimetres long dependant on the insertion area. They are single-use, pre-sterilised needles that are disposed of immediately after use.

When the needles are inserted, they go just under the skin or deeper so they reach the muscle. Once the needles are in place, they may be left in position for a length of time lasting up to around 30 minutes. You may feel a tingling or a dull ache when the needles are inserted but you should not experience any significant pain. If you do, let your practitioner know straight away so that they can be removed and disposed of correctly. If you are obtaining Acupuncture In Kirriemuir with The Biochemic Practitioner, then courses of treatments often involve several separate sessions, but this can vary.

Several times throughout the treatment, the acupuncturist will stimulate the muscle by flicking or pulsing the needle. By doing this we are looking for a local twitch response (LTR) as this stimulation causes an analgesic effect. This LTR is an involuntary spinal cord reflex contraction of the muscle fibres in a taut band. Triggering this has been shown to reduce the concentration of nociceptive substances in the chemical environment near myofascial trigger points.

The needle may cause a small focal lesion which triggers satellite cell migration to the area which repair or replace damaged myofibers.


  • Patient with needle phobia
  • Unable to give consent - communication, cognitive, age-related factors.
  • Medical emergency or acute medical condition
  • Over an area or limb with lymphedema as this may increase the risk of infection/cellutis and the difficulty of fighting the infection if one should occur.
  • Abnormal bleeding tendency
  • Compromised immune system
  • Vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Children
  • Frail patients
  • Patients with epilepsy

Medical Acupuncture FAQ's

What is medical acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese Medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites of the body for therapeutic purposes. Medical Acupunture deals mainly with those who have muscle aches, pains and spasms. The needles will stay in the patient for around 40 mins which will then be followed by a deep tissue massage.

Is medical acupuncture sore?

No. Sometimes if the needle is uncomfortable, several seconds are given to see if the pain settles and if not, the needle is removed and disposed of safely and properly.

So you leave the room?

No, I do not like to leave the room as I need to periodically stimulate the needle so the muscle can break down and release the tension. Also it provides security and peace of mind to the patient if I stay with them.

Are there side effects from medical acupuncture?

Sometimes patients can feel quite exhausted after a treatment, others can feel quite liberated and their pain has disappeared. Everyone reacts differently.

How often should I have medical acupuncture?

We always recommend 3 consecutive treatments to start with to see how the muscle reacts which is then followed by a treatment plan, depending on the ailment or injury, we may recommend once a month thereafter.

Where can I get medical acupuncture in Kirriemuir?

You can obtain this at:

The Biochemic Clinic
2 Elm Road
Kirriemuir, DD8 4DG


The Biochemic Practitioner
2 Elm Road
Kirriemuir, DD8 4DG
Tel: 01575 574014
Mob: 07572 039802


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