Acupuncture

Ancient Art : Modern Medicine

Although ancient, acupuncture still plays a major role in the treatment of ailments in China. Western scientific research continues to validate its clinical effects on the body. Acupuncture has been shown to increase levels of specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood cells and immunity gamma globulins in the body.
By stimulating the body’s own natural pain relieving and feel good substances called endorphins and seratonin, acupuncture has gained a reputation for being a powerful yet gentle method for coping with pain. Endorphins are the body’s own natural opiates and are known to be some 200 times stronger than morphine medication and yet have none of the side effects.
Traditional Chinese explanations of treatment are based on the existence of a system of energy in the body. This energy can be accessed at specific acupuncture points to improve the health of the body, mind and emotions. Other neuro-transmitors and hormones can be influenced in the body to improve conditions such as stress, depression and gynaecology problems.

Conditions frequently seen in our clinic

You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk or by speaking to Cheryl, a BAcC registered acupuncturist.

A whole range of people with a wide variety of ailments seek acupuncture. The British Acupuncture Council website has comprehensive descriptions of conditions for which acupuncture may be helpful alongside the scientific research and the increasing supportive evidence base. The following list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Back & Neck pain
  • Musco-skeletal aches & pains
  • Headaches / Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia / M.E.
  • Oseteoarthritis / Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress/ Anxiety / Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause / Gynaecology
  • PMS / Irregular Periods / Infertility
  • Pregnancy discomforts
  • Breech
  • Labour induction
  • Circulatory conditions
  • Smoking / Addicitions
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Respiratory conditions
  • IBS / Constipation
  • Slimming / Weight control
  • Preventative / Boost Energy / Immune System

Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine practioners look at health and illness in a unique way. All the different aspects of the patient’s lifestyle are considered in order to arrive at a comprehensive and thorough diagnosis. Observations of your pulse and tongue and possibly a physical examination help complete the picture.

The training in Osteopathy equips the practitioner to assess the musculoskeletal system and arrive at a diagnosis through range of motion assessment, gait analysis, Special Tests and detailed questioning. Sometimes a cranial nerve examination or a basic heart or lung screening examination are carried out to determine if you are fit for treatment or if a referral to your GP is required.

Safety

Cheryl has a passion for integrating her knowledge and experience of Western and Eastern medicine to offer safe and individualised treatments. Only sterile, disposable needles are used for each treatment. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, stringent clinical and ethical standards are assured.

What to expect

Relax!

The vast majority of patients are pleasantly relieved and surprised to discover how enjoyable treatments are. Because acupuncture needles are so fine, insertion is usually painless with just a sensation of tingling or slight ache for a few seconds. Indeed, most patients find acupuncture so relaxing and enjoyable that they look forward to their next appointments.
The first treatment is longer in order to gain an overview of the current signs and symptoms within the context of your medical and biographical history. Examination of pulse, tongue and palpation assists the Chinese medical diagnosis and a plan of treatment can then be agreed. A prescription of acupuncture points is carefully selected and tailored to your specific case.

Besides acupuncture needles, treatments may also involve acupressure, therapeutic massage, cupping, moxibustion (a technique for stimulating and warming a point using smouldering herbs), ear magnets / seeds, along with lifestyle and dietary advice. Sometimes electro-acupuncture is used to stimulate a point and again this is a painless procedure.

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