Acupuncture with Christine Kim, BPE, BSc Hons SW, BSc TMC, BM [Beijing] MATCM
Christine Kim is a graduate of Middlesex University’s 5 year full-time BSc.Hons. TCM programme, validated by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM). Her Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture training includes Beijing’s XiYuan Hospital, a Collaborating Centre of Traditional Medicine, World Health Organisation (WHO).
She is the Acupuncturist to the Pain Department at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds and has practiced in Norwich where clients included Premiership Footballers
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing. Just as nature has its cycles, we too have cycles of balance or disharmony. The principal aim of acupuncture is to regulate yin and yang, by recovering the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual into a balanced state.
Acupuncture stimulates acupoints which lie under the surface of the skin along the 14 channels where qi circulates throughout the body. Special fine needles are inserted into acupoints to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response and rebalance the flow of qi and blood, regulating the various systems of the body. Acupuncture promotes the flow of qi and blood circulation by diffusing lactic acid and carbon monoxide that accumulate in muscle tissue and cause stiffness and stagnation of blood; release endorphins to reduce pain and improve a sense of well-being; and release histamines to reduce inflammation. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, hence with regular treatment, the body is stimulated to regulate its own system and heal itself.
Needles are retained for 15-25 minutes and the number of treatments and the points chosen depend on the individual and their condition. Initially, treatment sessions are at least on a weekly basis.
Currently, there are different types of acupuncture and various professions employ acupuncture in the West. Taught by her father (who has been practising TCM in Canada for over 40 years), Christine uses TCM acupuncture and integrates it with ‘Western’ scientific knowledge to employ specialised techniques to achieve optimal results for each individual. These skills have been further refined through their own private work combined with each of their work in hospital Pain Departments in Canada and the UK.
A technique that applies small electrical currents to needles at specific points on the body. It is effectively used as a means of reducing chronic pain and muscle spasms, as a treatment for neurological (nerve) disorders, and weight management. The electric charge is very small, and can be adjusted by the practitioner.
Cupping disperses and moves qi, stimulates blood circulation, removes blockages and toxins by exerting suction and pressure on the surface of the skin. Cupping may be particularly helpful to treat pain and respiratory conditions.
A therapy using an herb that is used indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or (rarely in the West) burnt directly on the skin. The treatment warms regions of the body and acupoints to stimulate circulation, inducing a smoother flow of qi and blood. It is especially effective in the treatment of conditions with ‘cold’ and ‘dampness’, such as osteoarthritis and other external and internal conditions. It is now also commonly known in the West as a treatment to turn breech babies.
Appointments are available on Wednesdays.
The cost and duration of your sessions will depend on how much time is required to assess and meet your needs.
Initial consultation with acupuncture and affiliated treatments start at £80.
(The fee may be slightly higher for Pain and Fertility/ Ob-Gyn patients, as often more time is required)
Follow-up appointments start at £50
12 week Prepaid Treatment Programmes (as Follow-up appointments ) are also offered, please contact Christine Kim to enquire.
*There is no additional consultation fee for Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture treatment
The Bury Natural Health Centre: 01284 760020 or direct to Christine Kim: 07909 914 754
Enquiries are generally discussed on the telephone so that I can best assess how your needs may be met.
For more information visit: http://www.kimacupunctureherbs.com