Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China where it is still featured in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. For a number of environmental and lifestyle reasons your body’s energy can become blocked or depleted resulting in symptoms of pain or illness.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. Acupuncture treats you as a person not just your symptoms and treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition. With this approach you may notice other health issues resolve as your main health complaint improves. Acupuncture can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general well-being.

Continuing Professional Development

This is compulsory for members of the British Acupuncture Council. I have taken the following post graduate courses for continuing professional development:

  • Diploma in Tui na
  • Acupuncture and IVF
  • An Introduction to the use of Trigger Point Acupuncture for Myofascial Pain
  • Channel palpation and diagnosis
  • Needling Skills Seminar
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
What to Expect from Treatment

The first appointment is longer and you will be asked about your health history in detail. Expect questions about your previous medical history, your current symptoms and other relevant information such as your sleep pattern and diet. I will also take your pulses on both wrists and look at your tongue. The pulse and the tongue are outward manifestations of what is happening inside the body and can give valuable information for diagnosis. Based on all the information you have given, I will make a treatment plan tailored to you and your specific needs. This could include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture. Treatment will be given at the first appointment with the use of very fine , sterile, single-use needles. The needles are gently inserted into points on the body specific to your needs. The points used are mainly below the knees and elbows. Most people describe the feeling from the needles as a dull ache or tingling. On rare occasions some people may feel discomfort but treatment should not be painful. Treatment could also include the use of other techniques used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate the body’s energy or Qi such as: Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles. Cupping: glass or plastic cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow.

How will I feel after acupuncture treatment

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Cupping can sometimes temporarily mark the skin. Such bruising is painless and generally clears within a day or two.

Research Fact Sheets

These fact sheets are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial. You should always consult your GP if you have any concerns or talk to a BAcC registered acupuncturist. To find out more please visit the British acupuncture website: www.acupuncture.org.uk If you have any questions about acupuncture treatment please do contact me on ‪07980127560‬ for a free consultation about your individual requirements. It’s important to find the right person for YOU and to feel comfortable about your treatment. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is also good source of information and can be found at www.acupuncture.org.uk