• Acupuncture

    Traditional Acupuncture has been used in China and other Far Eastern countries for over 2000 years as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Its aim is to help maintain the body's equilibrium and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. It is a therapy which relies on a thorough diagnostic process and precise clinical skills. It works by insertion of very thin needles into points, which are situated along specific energy pathways (meridians) all over the body. The meridians are linked to each other and to the vital organs. Points are stimulated to remove energetic blocks and balance the vital energy (Qi) in the meridians and their connected organ systems. Although it originated in the the Far East, acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world.

    Diagnosis- more than just a few words

    Taking your History
    We take an in-depth history at your first visit to find out about the origin of your problem.

    Feeling the Pulse
    Taking a pulse reading is an important part of diagnosis. It informs us about the quality, quantity and distribution of vital energy in the meridians and organs.

    Looking at your Tongue
    Tongue diagnosis informs us about fluid balance, heat and coldness, areas of stagnation in your body. The tongue is seen as a microcosmic representation of the body.

    Palpating your Abdomen
    Gentle palpation of your belly gives information about the internal organs, heat and moisture, areas of excess and deficiency.

     

    Treatment- more than just needles

    Needling
    Very thin sterile needles are used to stimulate the Qi in the meridians. Needle techniques are varied and can be performed with or without eliciting a sensation. Tiny needles or magnets can be left in the skin to stimulate points between treatments.

    Moxibustion
    The smouldering of moxa - a refined and dried form of the herb Artemisia - over acupuncture points warms the energy before needling. In some instances it is used in lieu of needling.

    Cupping
    Cups are often used at the onset of colds and for musculoskeletal tension. They can be left on specific areas of the body for some time or used in conjunction with oil for deep tissue massage.

    Other Gentle Techniques
    Especially in children and sensitive clients, I often use gentle Japanese techniques, which include tapping points with a wooden needle and hammer or stroking meridians with a rounded silver tool. Acupressure can also be used as a substitute for needling.

    Diet and Lifestyle Advice 
    Diet and lifestyle can have a considerable impact on your health. I will often give you some basic dietary and exercise guidelines or refer you to a specialist.

     

    Why would you choose to have acupuncture?

    Treatment of Symptoms
    Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms, such as osteoarthritis of the knee or nausea during pregnancy. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

    Prevention
    Some clients come for treatment as a preventative measure, to help maintain good health or prepare their body for conception. Others choose to have acupuncture to enhance their general sense of wellbeing.

    Adjunct to allopathic treatment
    Acupuncture can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine and can give gentle support to people undergoing medical treatments and procedures. It is also widely used in programmes for recovering addicts.

    During Pregnancy and Childbirth
    Acupuncture is both safe and appropriate during pregnancy and labour. It is successfully used for the treatment of pregnancy related problems, such as nausea. It can help prepare the body for childbirth and replenish the mother's energy after labour. See Women’s health for more detailed information.

     

    Download your medical history questionnaire to complete and bring with you on your first session.

    For more information about acupuncture and current scientific research into its effectiveness please visit the British Acupuncture Council Website http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/ or contact me for an informal chat.