What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by the acupuncturist at the Northern Integrative Health Practice in Durham by inserting very fine needles at very precise acupuncture points.

The acupuncturist will use needles which are disposable and very fine and you will sometimes feel a slight tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. Various methods of manipulating needles are used which can create subtle sensations.


How does Acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.


How will it help me?

Acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of healthcare:

  • promotion of health and wellbeing
  • prevention of illness
  • treatment of various medical conditions

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or along with standard medical treatment.

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and acid reflux, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems.
  • Resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions



Feeling more relaxed & happy

I have tried various treatments for my back problems since having surgery 10 years ago. I turned to acupuncture on the recommendation of a friend. The treatment was not an instant relief but after a while the relief I wanted has hopefully been found. I can walk more freely and feel as though I have had my legs restored to almost normal. This has resulted in me feeling more relaxed and happy now that I am not in constant pain.

Geoffrey P. (67), Durham.

Muscle & Joint Problems

I came to the NIHP with swollen hands and painful joints. After 2 weeks of acupuncture treatment from Jill I now have less pain. I am able to open jars and bottles a lot easier – and I can even help my wife more!

Ronald B. (76), Chester-le-Street, Durham.

I never know the needles are there

Jill is wonderful at making me feel at ease with the acupuncture. She is very calming and the treatments are a pleasure to go to. I always feel I benefit so much from them. I never know the needles are there as they are very thin. I can feel myself nodding off I am that relaxed. Fantastic and totally recommend Jill.

J.A., Durham.


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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

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