We offer a free range of complimentary therapies for patients and carers
Acupuncture is used at the Hospice to help with pain and other symptoms. Dr Graham Leng has a weekly out-patient clinic on Friday mornings for acupuncture. Claire Jones, our physiotherapist, also uses acupuncture as part of her work. Acupuncture would not be used to treat an underlying serious illness but may be used to help some of the symptoms. Patients have found it useful alongside medication for pain and although it does not help everybody, some people find it useful for nausea, breathlessness and hot flushes.
A course usually consists of six weekly treatments although this can vary depending on the condition being treated. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body and left in position for a short period of time.
People often ask if acupuncture works and also wonder how it works. There is an increasing amount of research which has been published in medical journals and which supports its use. We are also understanding more about the way acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and some of its specific effects on the body.
The use of acupuncture in the Hospice is one of the ways in which we integrate conventional and complementary therapies for the benefit of patients.