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Acupuncture

aCUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture offers a different approach to health and wellness and is underpinned by the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a system that has been refined and developed over thousands of years. The focus is on the individual, not the illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. The physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives. 

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture aims to re-establish an equilibrium in the body. Movement and abundance of qi (energy), blood and fluids in the body can be compromised by various factors including emotional or physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, injury or illness. Ultra-fine, sterile needles are placed into specific acupuncture points on the body to encourage the body’s own healing response. This will in turn restore vital resources and allow movement to stagnated areas in the body. 

WHY CHOOSE ACUPUNCTURE?

  • Acupuncture works well alongside western medicine and medications; a combination of different approaches often results in a more positive outcome for the individual.

  • Acupuncture focuses on you as an individual and each treatment is specifically designed with this in mind.

  • Acupuncture is becoming an evidence-based medicine. This research supports what has been known by acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years.

  • Acupuncture is non-invasive and very safe. 

WHAT CAN ACUPUNcture TREAT?

Given that the focus of acupuncture is to create balance in the body, we treat the individual rather than specific health conditions. Therefore, acupuncture can be very helpful to many people with a number of different conditions. NICE now recommends acupuncture for chronic pain and chronic tension-type headaches. However, many people find acupuncture incredibly useful for a range of other complaints from digestive issues and autoimmune to anxiety and women’s health. 

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WHAT TO EXPECT?

We will begin by taking your medical history, assessing individual symptoms and observing or palpating different areas of your body that are useful to form a diagnosis. We will put together an individual treatment plan and decide which combination of points is right for your whole body as well as your symptoms.

Sometimes acupuncture needles are inserted for just a second or two, or you may be left to rest for a while before the needles are removed. The needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, but it is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache. Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment. 

 

We will usually use one of our ancillary remedies (heat therapy, moxa, guasha, cupping, electro) to maximise results. Breathwork is another tool, which can be a powerful adjunct alongside acupuncture.

 

Normally, people will have a course of treatment. Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps three to six weeks, reducing in frequency as your body responds.

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