Acupuncture works to help maintain your body's equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of 'Qi'- your body's vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, Qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. Acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.
Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with western medicine.
Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, guasha or acupressure.
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Integrated Acupuncture treatment combines: Five Elements and TCM styles of Acupuncture. In my Clinic I diagnose based on those principles and accordingly use needles, moxa or cupping to support the body in healing process. Each patient is diagnosed as a unique person and treated as such. An individualized plan is designed using an initial hour-and-a-half interview to understand the underlying causes of imbalances.
The Five Element acupuncture is based on the cyclical flow of vital energy – called Qi. Each of the Five Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – represents a distinct quality of the Qi energy that is vital to the continual health and flow of nature. Chinese observed that these qualities can be found in nature, so can they be found in every living being. Understanding the inter-relationships of the Elements within and using them as a guide, I can diagnose and treat the root of a person’s illness, restoring health to the body, mind and spirit. In order to establish the root (Constitutional Factor - CF) we observe for colour, sound, odour and emotion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The theory of Yin and Yang is fundamental to the practice of TCM in terms of understanding, diagnosing, and treating health issues. At the most basic and deep level, TCM treatment seeks to balance Yin and Yang in each person. Everything contains Yin and Yang. They are two opposite yet complementary energies. Yin and Yang cannot exist without the other; they relay on each other and cannot be separated.
How acupuncture treats
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists a wide variety of diseases & disorders for which acupuncture has been tested in controlled clinical trials and has been proved to be an effective treatment, such as: Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Depression (including depression following stroke)DysmenorrhoeaFacial pain Headache HypertensionInduction of labour Knee painLow back pain Malposition of fetusCorrection of Morning sicknessNausea and vomiting Neck pain Postoperative painRheumatoid arthritis Sciatica SprainStrokeTennis elbowFull list of conditions is here
British Acupuncture Council publishes up to date research fact sheets on conditions and how acupuncture may be beneficial.For a comprehensive research articles on conditions please follow links below to the British Acupuncture Council’s website (those will open in another window):