Acupuncture is the oldest, continually practiced, professional and literate medicine in the world. The written literature for this medical system stretches back 2500 years. Its effectiveness has stood the test of time, and current clinical trials consistently prove its effectiveness; so much so that it has been accepted by Western Medicine, and was recently recommended by the House of Lords to be made part of the NHS.
Holism is at the heart of Chinese Medicine: it views the body, the mind and the spirit as one. I will treat you as a person and get to the root of the disease, rather than just treat your illness. No two people are the same so I will tailor your treatment for you.
The theory behind it states that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body, at the surface as well as through the organs. These meridians carry our life energy or Qi around. When the flow of Qi is impaired, imbalances and ill health occur. Many factors can block the proper circulation of Qi: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet, overwork to name a few. Once I have determined the underlying causes linking all your signs and symptoms, I will insert very fine needles to unblock the meridians and restore your natural balance. The number of sessions required depends on the individual; however some change is usually felt after 4-6 sessions. You might also feel completely right after your first one!
Does it hurt?
The ultimate question! Acupuncture uses very fine, single use, pre-sterilised needles. You may not feel the needle at all when it is inserted but you may feel a tingling, warm or dull sensation when it connects with the acupuncture point; something unusual, a zingy feeling, but not painful.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and practice under their Codes of Safe Practice and Codes of Professional conduct.