Acupuncture

Acupuncture has become a very widely practised and accepted natural treatment in Western countries and has become integrated into a number of NHS departments in Britain, most notably pain departments. Western medical acupuncture is a ‘dry needling’ version of acupuncture but it is not based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles, much finer than those for injections or for taking blood samples. The very fine acupuncture needles are about as thin as a strand of hair. The most commonly used needles by Christine are 0.18mm-0.20mm in diameter. These are inserted into acupuncture points on the surface of the body and each point has specific functions. A combination of points are selected to heal illness and reduce pain, thereby promoting good health and a sense of wellness.

Acupuncture can treat a wide range of issues including the following:

Female conditions including: Gynaecology (menstrual problems, PCOS, Endometriosis), Infertility, IVF Support, Pregnancy related symptoms, Breech presentation, Pre-birth/ Labour preparation, Labour induction, Post childbirth support, Prolapsed uterus, Vestibulitis/ Vulvodynia, Menopause

Male conditions including: Erectile dysfunction, infertility

Pain conditions and Sports injuries including:  Headaches, Migraines, Facial pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Hip pain, Low back pain, Sciatica, Sacro-iliac pain, Knee pain, Bursitis, Neuropathic pain, Fibromyalgia, Shingles, Restless leg syndrome

Mental-Emotional conditions including: Stress, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, Insomnia, Palpitations

Dermatological conditions including: Acne, Eczema, Herpes zoster, Hyperpigmentation, Impetigo, Lichen Simplex, Psoriasis, Roascea, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Tinea, Urticaria, Vitiligo Scars

Neurological conditions including: Bell’s palsy, Blurred vision, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke, Tinnitus, Trigeminal neuralgia, Vertigo

Gastrointestinal conditions including: Abdominal pain, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Gastritis, IBS, Indigestion/ Heartburn, Nausea, Vomiting, Reflux

Other conditions: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Addictions, Weight management

Acupuncture
Acupuncture

How Acupuncture works:

There is a growing body of research studying the efficacy of acupuncture and how it works. This is highlighted by the fact that currently there is more research being conducted on acupuncture than for nursing and physiotherapy. Acupuncture has been found to have general effects on the nervous system, which in turn demonstrates:

  • The stimulation of endocrine glands, activating systemic effects
  • An alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and changes in the regulation of blood flow, centrally and peripherally
  • Alterations in immune functions

Acupuncture therefore has a sophisticated and diverse impact on various systems in the body, influencing the physiological processes of hormones and the immune system.

Affiliated treatments:

  • Electroacupuncture: 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.
  • Cupping Therapy: 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.
  • Moxibustion: a therapy using a herb that is used indirectly, with acupuncture needles. 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 also commonly known as a treatment to turn breech babies.

Treatment process:

The first session is normally the longest in duration as it includes a comprehensive consultation. The consultation includes a detailed history of your condition, observation of your tongue and examination of the pulses (on both wrists). Your (and your family’s) health history and your lifestyle are discussed.

Details regarding diet, appetite, digestion, urinary habits, exercise, sleep, stress and gynaecological health (for women) are also considered. For individuals with fertility issues seeking natural fertility treatment or IVF support, further topics pertaining to this are reviewed. An assessment can then be made and recommendations regarding diet, lifestyle and exercise may be provided. If indicated, you may also be advised to take Chinese herbal medicines. The consultation is then followed by an acupuncture treatment.

Based on the consultation and assessment, acupuncture points are selected and the treatment takes place by inserting very fine needles into the surface of the skin in different parts of the body. Most of the acupuncture needles tend to be inserted below the elbows and knees, but they can be on various parts of the body.

Follow-up sessions involve a discussion to monitor progress from any changes made by yourself and from the previous acupuncture treatment.

Treatment prices

Initial consultation (with acupuncture and affiliated treatments)
From £65.00
Follow-up appointment
From £50.00
12 week prepaid treatment programme
POA

Appointments available on Wednesdays. Please contact our reception team on 01284 760020 to book your appointment.