Acupuncture can be a helpful treatment option for a wide variety of conditions.

Most of our acupuncture consultations are for musculoskeletal pain.


Analysis of Adrian Lyster's NHS Acupuncture Pain Service over 30 years, including 12,500 patients referred by GPs, shows that the most common referrals were for headache, migraine, back and hip pain, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A study conducted by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in 2013 identified significant reductions in medication taken for pain, reduced need for GP consultations and a high degree of patient and GP satisfaction. 

We've listed more information below on the conditions we treat and evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture.

Read more about conditions we treat

Musculoskeletal (Joint and Muscle) Pain

Several acupuncture trials for chronic pain and osteoarthritis have shown significant benefits from acupuncture, persisting for up to 12 months after treatment finished. Vickers et al 2018 Journal of Pain19(5) Read more from the British Acupuncture Council here.

Headaches and Migraines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK has assessed current research evidence and recommends acupuncture for the prevention of Migraine and Headache. Read more here from the British Acupuncture Council here.

Pelvic Pain and Prostatitis

A recent (2018) Cochrane review of research concluded that acupuncture can offer a 'meaningful reduction in symptoms' for chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain. Adrian has considerable experience treating pelvic floor pain.

Menpausal Symptoms

Several studies concluded that hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms can be improved by acupuncture ( including Zabrowska et al 2007) Vicky has some experience of treating menopausal symptoms with acupuncture.

Infertility and Assisted Conception

There has been much recent interest in this area with many widely publicised claims for acupuncture benefit. Published Clinical trials to date are of poor quality although the anecodatal reports are promising.

Other Conditions

Acupuncture has been used for a variety of other health problems and we are happy to discuss if we can help you ourselves or if our experience can point you in a helpful direction. Contact us to arrange a chat about whether we can help.