Located in Burlington Court, New Street and Lordswood GP Surgery in Harborne, City Acupuncture has been providing first class acupuncture treatment in the heart of Birmingham since 2003.

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City Acupuncture Birmingham

Acupuncture is a system of medicine developed over 3000 years and is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture treatment is now commonly used in the West alongside conventional medicine.

Acupuncture in Birmingham; City Centre and Harborne

Mark Butterworth has taught Acupuncture point location and theory at the College of Traditional Acupuncture for six years. He has been treating patients with acupuncture in Birmingham for 9 years, practising from Burlington Court, New Street in the City Centre and the Lordswood GP Surgery in Harborne.

Specialising in the treatment of:

Acupuncture and Fertility

Mark has gained much experience working with people who are trying to have a baby, whether naturally or with the help of assisted conception treatments such as IVF. He is also experienced in using acupuncture to help overcome many of the conditions women think of as normal during pregnancy. Acupuncture is widely used to boost fertility in both men and women.

I started acupuncture treatment with Mark in 2009 when we were trying for a baby. I had a stressful job as a Lawyer and acupuncture really helped me relax and de-stress from work and the worry of not getting pregnant. In the end we needed fertility treatment and I continued with acupuncture throughout all of the IVF process from the stimulation of my ovaries, the egg collection to the embryo transfer.

At each stage the acupuncture kept me relaxed and focused and I got great quality eggs collected. Luckily the IVF worked and I continued to have acupuncture throughout my pregnancy to ease back pain. 5 years later we now have a second baby boy and I had acupuncture treatment with Mark throughout the further rounds of IVF we needed. I would thoroughly recommend acupuncture for anyone going through what is very stressful, emotional and physically draining treatment.

In between all that I have used acupuncture for other problems such as shoulder and upper back pain. I feel different as soon as I leave the acupuncture session and I always sleep well afterwards! The results really worked for me and I really believe it has helped us get the two lovely boys we have now.

Rachel, Mother

Ailments and Acupuncture Treatment

Many people find acupuncture treatment effective for various ailments and conditions such as headaches, back pain, muscle aches, IBS, stress and anxiety. The entire acupuncture treatment process is holistic. From diagnosis right through to treatment, clients and their symptoms are considered from an individual perspective. As no two people’s migraines are exactly alike it is the practitioner’s job to get to the root cause of your condition. The first session, therefore, involves a thorough consultation. Here you and the practitioner get a chance to explore all aspects of your health including current symptoms and treatment, your medical history and that of your close family. Your diet, digestive system, sleep and emotional state will also be taken into consideration. This is often a good time to offload some of the stress you have been carrying around with you!

Acupuncture for Backache

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has recommended the use of acupuncture for treating back pain, reporting that using acupuncture to treat chronic back pain is more effective than standard treatments alone.

Traditional acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years to alleviate back pain and British Acupuncture Council members have for many years been successfully treating patients for this condition either in private practice or working within the NHS.

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

There has recently been a wave of publicity about the use of acupuncture to improve fertility and conception, but its use in pregnancy is less widely publicised. Pregnant women are particularly highly motivated when it comes to finding drug free solutions for their health, and acupuncture is an ideal treatment for many of the conditions often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy. Relief of conditions such as morning sickness, sciatica, back ache and symphysis pubis pain can circumvent the need for medical treatment with drugs, and can vastly improve a woman’s quality of life. As well as providing relief from these physical ailments, acupuncture also can help calm the anxieties which are natural especially early on in pregnancy and as the as the due date approaches. The acupuncturist can provide a woman with an understanding and sympathetic ear as well as being a source of useful information such as dietary advice. In Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a part, dietary therapy is used to help with many conditions. As acupuncture becomes more integrated into health care systems around the world, acupuncturists, midwives and doctors can liaise to ensure the best quality of care for women. Acupuncturists who are registered with the British Acupuncture Council have received the highest quality training and are aware of the signs and symptoms which will necessitate referral to a doctor. Acupuncturists should also be aware of when other holistic therapies such as reflexology, massage and homeopathy can help bring about an optimal state of well being for the pregnant woman.

Acupuncture can provide effective treatment for pregnancy – induced hypertension and can reduce the need for inductions, as it can help to induce labour naturally. The use of acupuncture as a routine pre-birth treatment can improve the chances of an efficient labour. Research has shown that acupuncture treatment reduced the amount of medical inductions from 35% to 20% in the group which had acupuncture as opposed to the control group (Rabl 2001). There are also acupuncture techniques which can correct a breech presentation (a stick of a smouldering herb known as moxa is used to warm an acupuncture point on the little toe!)

I contacted Mark after several years of painful & prolonged periods, as well as three early miscarriages. After several sessions, I conceived again & carried our beautiful baby girl to full-term. Acupuncture supported me through pregnancy & furthermore, my periods are now much improved.

Victoria, Teacher and mum

Just as importantly, acupuncture is very effective in dealing with some of the conditions which affect women in the post-natal period. ‘Mother warming’ is a treatment traditionally given around day four or five post-birth, and helps to energise the mother and aid in her recovery (as long as she does not have a temperature or is not experiencing night sweats, in which case another treatment would be used). Acupuncture can also help with persistent uterine bleeding as well as problems with breast-feeding such as insufficient lactation and mastitis. Following childbirth a woman can sometimes be faced with an overwhelming number of physical and emotional adjustments to their lives, and depression and anxiety can cast a dark cloud over a woman’s well-being. As in other areas of life excessive demands are often placed upon women with regard to recovering as quickly as possible after pregnancy. However the acupuncturist should emphasise the importance of building ones strength up again in a sustainable manner to ensure health for both mother and child.

Treatments are usually done on a weekly basis until symptoms are markedly better and then on a monthly basis until a month before the due date when the weekly pre-birth sessions start, although sometimes conditions such as morning sickness may need treating every couple of days if very severe. The first session usually lasts about an hour and a half, starting with a very thorough consultation, so that the practitioner can get a good picture of the patient’s health and arrive at a precise diagnosis. No two people are the same and consequently treatments are specially tailored for that individual, the precise nature of their condition and their own experience of pregnancy. After the consultation a gentle, non-invasive physical examination is carried out, with the pulse taken on both wrists and an observation of the patient’s tongue, after which the treatment will begin. Needles are inserted shallowly into the skin and either left for a few minutes or taken out immediately. The needling techniques used are as gentle as can be during pregnancy and the acupuncturist is always to be aware that he is treating two people (or three, or four!) when the treatment is carried out. The first treatment costs £50 and subsequent treatments, which last 45 minutes to an hour, cost £37. Many insurance schemes such as the Birmingham Saturday Fund and others are now quite happy to help towards the cost of acupuncture treatment.

I first started treating pregnant women after a patient I was treating for infertility. She had had a terrible experience with a miscarriage and was only left with one functioning fallopian tube so when she became pregnant she was keen to continue acupuncture throughout her pregnancy. Thankfully everything worked with her pregnancy and I was privileged to meet her beautiful daughter when she came in for some post-natal treatments. Since then meeting the real person behind the ‘bump’ has become one of the highlights of my job!

Rabl M et al (2001) “Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term – a randomised controlled trial”. Win Klin Wochenschr; 113(23-24): 942-6 cited in D. Betts (2006) p.218

Acupuncture for headache

NICE – The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends acupuncture as a treatment for headaches.

The guidelines published in September 2012 also show that one person in fifty people experiences headaches as a result of overusing painkillers. Acupuncture is an effective treatment with no side-effects.

I was referred for acupuncture by my GP and neurologist following a diagnosis of migraine in addition to medication they had prescribed. I’d been suffering from headaches nearly every day for 6 months when the acupuncture treatment started. At the outset, I knew little about acupuncture, assumed I would be covered in needles and wondered how painful that might be!

However, it’s a very holistic approach that looks at lifestyle and diet as well as the presenting pain. After a couple of sessions it didn’t feel like I was going for a medical appointment but to see someone who knew about me and my life and wasn’t just interested in dealing my symptoms it’s such a friendly and relaxed environment. The treatment was not painful and afterwards I felt very relaxed.

The impact is that headaches are now very rare and it’s fantastic to feel well again. Now they’ve gone, I’ve realised how debilitating daily headaches were. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who suffers from migraine and also tell them that funding for acupuncture treatment for migraine is available on the NHS.

Jeremy Thompson

Give Acupuncture a Try

If you are struggling with a condition why not give us a call – 07798 622 788 – or drop us an email to book an appointment.

Recover, relax and revitalise at our comfortable clinic providing acupuncture in Birmingham City Centre and Harborne.

First consultation and treatment (approx. 1.5 hours duration): £50
Follow-up treatments: £40