Acupuncture Basics

The following pages provide you with a range of materials that describe the origins and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The concept of  Yin and Yang is explained, together with the notion of homeostasis and the efforts to create balance.

Evidence based research is important to all diligent practitioners and this section links readers Fact Sheets from BAcC provide details about 30 common conditions that acupuncture can help with.

A short section is reserved for health care professionals, which outlines the way in which acupuncture can be integrated with NHS care. BAcC offer support to healthcare professionals to inform them about how they might integrate acupuncture into treatment plans.

The FAQs page provides a link  to a short video  that answers 16 frequently asked questions. This page also walks you through an acupuncture treatment, gives a photograph that shows the relative size of an acupuncture needle and deals with the issue of needle-fear. 


Penny runs a number of clinics. Her community clinic is now based in the Energise Centre in Charlestown, Salford where she offers a range of options for patients on low incomes. She runs a small private practice in Lancaster. She can also make a limited number of home visits. There are reduced rates for all NHS staff at both sites. Also on offer are weight reduction, smoking and alcohol cessation.

Go to the Blog page to see Penny’s personal take on new health related  ideas and information coming from the Internet – and the latest news on NUDGE. You can read everything from new academic research to daft tales from the clinic room! One patient summed up the NUDGE approach recently ‘Why it works? It’s simple. You are someone who gets me, who really gets me’. Penny uses her skills in coaching for wellness, her knowledge of psychological models used over many years in her leadership and consultancy roles and her acumen in Chinese Medicine to offer a special experience in the clinic room. Read more on the webpage ‘Why NUDGE?’ To find out more about Penny’s unique approach.

Traditional acupunctureis a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.

The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

A growing body ofevidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. Click here for fact sheetson common conditions for which acupuncture can be helpful.

Based on traditional belief, Penny and her associates have been trained at the Northern College of Acupuncture, to use diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Some term this Functional Medicine. Each of NUDGE’s patients is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

There are only a limited number of people who can help you in person with your health issues. Penny believes it is important to learn how to prevent health problems start in the first place. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and Penny studies the latest fads to see what is evidence based and can be relied upon. Getting really good sleep, eating nutritious real food and learning to breathe and relax are the three free therapies. Penny will often start by working with you to improve these areas of your life, supported by acupuncture needling.

She has a calling to serve people through clinical practice and given the advances in technology she can provide you with the best information to help you actively manage your own wellbeing.

Get in touch to discuss acupuncture, health from a Chinese perspective and how it may help you to regain health and wellbeing without side effects. Appointments are available at Salford, Sale and Hulme. by phone or email.

Go to the website page ‘About NUDGE’ to read the testimonials and additional comments from patients about our practice.