Clinical Acupuncture


Acupuncture is one the oldest and most important treatment methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Now Acupuncture is being recognised in the modern world, even by World Health Organisation (WHO) for its numerous benefits. A Drug free, non invasive, pain free and holistic treatment, Acupuncture works by getting to the root cause of the problem, providing long lasting relief from symptoms and restoring overall balance. Standalone Acupuncture therapy or in combination with other treatments  can provide you with an effective long-term solution for many conditions. At The Retreat I recognise that each of us is unique in body and mind and tailor every treatment to you as an individual, aiming to provide relief from your symptoms, improve your quality of life and tackling the true root of your problems.


Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis, injuries, headaches or low back pain, or for common health problems like overactive bladder, menopause issues, digestive issues and much more. Other people choose acupuncture when their body systems are out of balance, to treat issues connected with stress and anxiety and even though they have no obvious diagnosis and need to address multiple symptoms. Some choose to have regular treatment just because they find it beneficial and relaxing and boosts the immune defences and wellbeing in general. I use it often to treat my Oncology patients to support their wellbeing and to combat side effects of medications and treatments.


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, sometimes 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 in the cosy, peaceful therapy studio. Acupuncture 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, clients often enjoy the deep relaxation that goes along with the treatment. Each treatment differs but can be anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes on average. You  may also receive electro acupuncture should your treatment require it. Once your treatment is over your needles are removed. Post 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 free telephone/zoom consultation with me.

What can we treat with Acupuncture?

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:


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
Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastro-intestinal disorders:

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

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”
Low-back pain

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

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Blood pressure problems
Rheumatoid arthritis

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