Clinical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago is now practised across the globe.  

Acupuncture promotes the body’s innate healing abilities and helps to reestablish the body’s natural state of balance, make it a safe, chemical-free alternative for relief from many of today’s most common health complaints.

 

Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture:

Mental-Emotional:
Anxiety
Depression
Stress
Insomnia

Upper Respiratory Tract:
Acute sinusitis
Acute rhinitis
Common Cold
Acute Tonsillitis

Respiratory System:
Acute bronchitis
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)

Disorders of the mouth:
Toothache, post extraction pain
Gingivitis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastro-intestinal disorders:
IBS

Diverticulosis
Gastric hyperacidity
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Constipation
Diarrhea

Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)

Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
Peripheral neuropathies
Meniere’s disease
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”
Sciatica
Low-back pain
Osteoarthritis

Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Allergies
Blood pressure problems
Rheumatoid arthritis

 Most Auto Immune diseases and their symptoms Including Fibromyalgia, ME, Chronic fatigue and more

Rather than only treating your symptoms, acupuncture addresses the root cause of your health issues to help you find lasting relief. This holistic perspective makes acupuncture great for preventative care as well. Wellbeing booster treatments are also popular and beneficial.

 

What happens in a treatment?

Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, I may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle as part of your consultation. A prescription treatment plan will be created for you and multiple treatments will probably be required, usually once a week to begin with becoming further apart after.

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. You may be asked to undress so that I can access the necessary areas but you will be covered or given a gown too. You will lie on a padded comfortable therapy couch and will be able to relax for the duration of your treatment.

Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little or no discomfort. People often don’t feel them inserted at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching or tingling sensation as the point is activated.

Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for up to 40 minutes whilst you relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

You may also be able to enjoy the warming wonderful effects of moxa lamp therapy included as part of your treatment where appropriate.

After your treatment you may feel completely relaxed or energized. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture.

If you would like more information please feel free to call and book a 15 minute free telephone/zoom consultation with me.