Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

East West Clinic is the acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice of Jamie Hamilton. I've been providing acupuncture in Farnham for over 15 years and my specialties are acupuncture for fertility and acupuncture for insomnia. As a general practice I treat a wide variety of conditions including pregnancy, migraine, anxiety, and sciatica. The clinic is based in leafy Lower Bourne near Farnham with a peaceful location, parking right outside the practice and a calm purpose designed treatment room.

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Acupuncture for Fertility

I am a fertility acupuncture specialist: training with the Advanced Fertility Diploma of Naava Carmen and the Zita West practice. I also treat recurrent miscarriage, PCOS, endometriosis and reproductive immunology. Chinese herbs for fertility are available, making treatment all the more effective.

Male fertility is always considered as a vital part of the fertility equation, and I encourage long treatment for both parts of a couple where this is an issue.

It is really important to consider treatment as a long term investment. For couples considering acupuncture for IVF I always recommend a 3 cycle i.e. 12 week series of sessions.




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Acupuncture for Insomnia

I have a passion for helping my patients sleep better. It has become increasingly clear to me in recent years how poor sleep impacts our health and wellbeing. It is my belief that problems with sleep are the number one unresolved issue in medicine today. So the benefit of improvement to all our systems make helping sleep a number one prioity.

Because of this I have made insomnia a major clinical specialization. Since 2002 I have studied sleep and in 2018 made my own extended clinical study on insomnia acupuncture.

Extended weekly treatment is the most useful approach for long term sleep issues.




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Recent Testimonials

"My Chinese Medicine experience with Jamie has been superb! I loved the integrated approach of mind- body and emotions that I had heard so much of and can now see how well it all comes together. I came seeking help with my really stuck sleeping problems and have now really improved." Mrs W. T. of Lower Bourne
“4 sessions of acupuncture and your magic heat lamp have totally sorted my back and knees. Thank you! I'll be back for maintenece sessions." Mr. I. F. of Farnham

Conditions Zone

An interlinked series of pages to understand more about how acupuncture can help you:

Feature in development December 2021

Nervous System Conditions

Mental - Emotional Conditions

Gynecology and Pregnancy

Miscellaneous Conditions

Weight loss
IBS
Tinnitus


Chinese Medicine treatment options

Acupuncture is just a part of Chinese Medicine. As a whole Chinese Medicine offers many aspects of treatment and I am able to offer all of these aspects:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Shiatsu
  • Diet Advice and Wellbeing Coaching
  • Meditation and Mindfullness Training

These areas are well established in Chinese Medicical practice and really enhance what can be achieved for clients to improve their health...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture in the West is the best known aspect of Chinese Medicine.

I will first take a detailed medical history to better understand the condition that you are coming with, this is an important step, and expect to answer a variety of questions about both your physical and sometimes emotional condition where relevent.

In the clinic you then rest on a comfortable treatment couch in a super peaceful treatment room, and then ultra fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Sometimes I may also use a smouldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points, and cupping therapy to ease muscular pain.

A very usual aspect of treatment I add now is the use of a heat lamp and a special salve that I make right here in the clinic. This is used to ease muscle and joint pain and is really effective!

First Acupuncture Treatment: 60 to 75 minutes
Fee: £75

Standard Acupuncture Treatment: 40 to 50 minutes
Fee: £60

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

East West Clinic is Farnham's only fully fledged Chinese medicine dispensary. I am able to make individualised herbal formulas for a variety of conditions. One of the best areas of treatment are for infectious diseases like colds, coughs and flu. Acute coronavirus infection and Long- Covid are also well addressed with Chinese herbs.

The other aspect of herbal treatment that is really exciting is the way that is can complement acupuncture treatment, extending the positive changes through the week. This "add on" method of treatment works very well indeed in the specialist fertility services I offer, and with the provision of the Ultimate Fertility Formula.

Herbal treatment can be accessed as a standalone treatment (without acupuncture) in which case you attend the clinic for a 30 minute consultation to assess your condition (including channel and pulse diagnosis) and then take away the herbs.

First Herbal Consultation: 50 minutes
Fee: £60 plus herb cost

Standard Herbal Consultation: 30 minutes
Fee: £40

Herb Cost: £35 to £49 a week

Shiatsu

I've been practicing Shiatsu for over 20 years and it remains a souce of inspiration to me how it works. Basically it is like acupuncture but without using needles. Instead the treatment uses gentle stretching and pressure on the channels and also the points to bring about a very similar effect.

There seems to be some evidence that shiatsu is better placed to treat some conditions, particularly that of anxiety.
The effect of shiatsu is usually that of profound relaxation, followed by revitalisation.

First Shiatsu Treatment: 75 minutes
Fee: £75 plus herb cost

Standard Shiatsu Treatment: 50 minutes
Fee: £60

Diet Advice and Wellbeing Coaching

Improving health and wellbeing is often very connected to our lifestyle, diet and work patterns. Chinese Medicine has always recognised this and right from the time when the classics of Chinese medicine were written, in the 2nd century BCE, advocated a moderate lifestyle including diet, work (and exercise) and balanced emotional life.

With such a wealth of opinions on offer now it can however be very confusing what to do to improve or health: like what is the best diet for our condition, and how much sleep do I need to get? This is where wellbeing coaching comes in. I have had over 20 years of experinece in providing this information to clients in a way that is specifically suited to their needs and situation.

By Zoom or in person.

Standard Wellbeing Coaching: 50 minutes
Fee: £60

Qi Gong, and Meditation Training

Qi Gong is a part of Chinese medicine: slow, rhythmical movements linked with the breath brings about a very relaxed state that carries over into all our activities. Part of this is now often called "breathwork": This is the conscious linking of breathing to relaxation which can then can enliven our system.

I have had a regular daily method of meditation for over 30 years, which has helped me to navigate through life's ups and downs. I am able to share these practices with clients now to help them find a still, peaceful place inside.

Together, Qi Gong and meditation form what is called in Chinese medicine dao yin which could be translated as "nourishing your core". This aspect is important in maintaining long term wellness: the ultimate method of combatting stress.

By Zoom or in person.

Qi Gong and Meditation Training: 50 minutes
Fee: £60

Transformational care with weekly treatements

Whichever treatment approach you use, my core approach in the clinic is the practice of giving regular weekly sessions to transform difficulties. This is very important to set goals to aim for and deliver improvements that we can see and feel. With weekly treatments, ideally taken at the same time of the day and week, the effect of the treatment begins to build up so that solid progess is made. This rythmn of treating can then improve every aspect of one's body, emotions and mind: tuning into the wellness inside. With so many ways of approaching any problem that with persistance, positive change can be achieved!

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Portrait Jamie Hamilton Acupuncturist

Registered Acupuncturist: Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is a degree qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council, a qualified Chinese herbal medicine and shiatsu practitioner, a teacher of Chinese Medicine, co-prinicpal of a Chinese medicine CPD college and in 2022 a published author in the professional literature.

Jamie Hamilton LicAc LicCCH BSc MBAcC

So: what do the letters after my name mean?
LicAc is Licentiate in Acupuncture.
LicCCHM is Licentiate in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine.
BSc is a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Acupuncture (2:1 grade at College of Intgrated Chinese medicine validated by Kingston University
MBAcC is Member of British Acupuncture Council, the UKs leading professional body regulating acupuncture practice. See FAQ below for more.

I have been interested in Chinese medicine since 1987 when travelling in China where I was involved in a serious bike accident. I met a blind Chinese medicine practitioner there who used a variety of effective methods to heal my injured arm, and this planted the seed for my Chinese Medicine practice. I have been in practice with Chinese Medicine since 2003. With my training ranging initially from therapeutic massage with the Maitri Foundation and shiatsu with the European Shiatsu School (ESS) with the great Chris Jarmey and George Dellar. I taught shiatsu for the ESS starting in 2006 and for my own school: East West College, from 2009. In that same year I started my acupuncture degree at College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) with the wonderful Angie and John Hicks who inspired the sense of importance to consider the emotional aspect of treatment.

My herbal medicine training started in 2018 with the Jing Fang Apprenticeship with master herbalist Fran Turner, and I graduated in 2020. I continue to teach for colleges in the U.K. and am now co-principal of East West College, providing innovative CPD courses for acupuncture practitioners.

Book cover for Essential Pulse Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, Mai Jing A-B-C Method by Jamie Hamilton

Diagnosis Theory and Practice

In 2015 I began to investigate the diagnostic procedures in Chinese Medicine. This began with the practice of Applied Channel Theory as taught by the incredible practitioners Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, Dr. Jason Robertson. and Johnathan Chang. I have been fortunate to have met and studied with Dr. Wang in Beijing in 2016 as well as taking advanced seminars with Jason and Johnathan in Switzerland and Beijing.

In 2016 I began a major area of personal research into pulse diagnosis culminating in developing an innovative method based on Classical techniques called the Mai Jing ABC method.

I now regularly teach this method and have written a book about it called Essential Pulse Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine to be published by Singing Dragon in April 2022.

Acupuncture Clinic FAQ

Is your clinic near Farnham?

Yes, it is not far Farnham town centre, situated on the south side so nearer to the station in peaceful Lower Bourne, just off the Bourne Green. If you live in South West Surrey (Farnham - Guildford - Hazelmere) or North West Hampshire (Alton - Aldershot) then I am in easy reach.

For IVF/ fertility acupuncture patients they do often look at driving time to CARE Fertility Woking IVF clinic which is approximately 30 minutes to/ from East West Clinic.

Sometimes clients do come from further afield, and for Insomnia Acupuncture that makes sense for this is a very rare clinical specialisation.

How much does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture treatment costs vary due to provider and location, but most clinics charge between £50 - £70 for a standalone treatment, and between £60 - £90 for the first consultation. For a typical series of 6 weekly treatments that translates to an average cost of £360 for six treatments.

Here at East West Clinic my prices are very much in line with the above. My first session (including consultation) is £75 and the standard session subsequent to that is £60.

I'm looking for "Best Acupuncture near me", can you help?

I hope so! Actually all the acupuncturists in Farnham area who are fully qualified and registed with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC ) are amazing and together we make quite a team! I always recommend people use BAcC practitioners as their standards of training are easily the best in the UK and with them you are in good hands.

The other bit of the question is the "near me" part... well I like I said above am convenient for lots of places in South West Surrey and nearby. Patients do also often come up from the direction of Alton, like Four Marks and Medstead to here, as the A31 is an easy (and scenic) drive to Farnham.

What professional bodies are you registered with?

The main professional body that regulates acupuncture in the UK is the British Acupuncture Council or BAcC. It has a very rigorous set of requirements for training acupuncture courses, which is done through the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, providing degree level training at colleges.

I trained at an accredited college and have been a registered member of the BAcC for over 10 years. I keep close contact with local practitioners and was for a number of years the Regional group coordinator (Surrey/ Guildford group) for the BAcC.

The British Acupuncture Council itself is part of the Professional Standards Authority which helps to uphold professional standards in conduct and treatment.

The British Acupuncture Council has a very well developed set of codes of professional practice and safety, available on their website, which every registered practitioner must comply with, plus the requirement to take at least 24 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses content every year, ensuring members keep their professional skills and standards at a very high level.

Does East West Clinic offer acupuncture courses?

Currently the clinic does not offer courses: these are done for acupuncture practitioners only our sister company East West College, These courses are offered to fully qualified practitioners for their Continuing Professional Development needs. However the clinic does plan courses in the future open to members of the public and patients of the clinic alike.

What we do do via the clinic however is offer tutorials: I am a teacher of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and subjects I teach are: Mai Jing A-B-C pulse diagnosis, Applied Channel Theory, understanding 5 element acupuncture and Shiatsu for Acupuncturists. I can also offer tutorials in these subjects that can be booked like booking for a treatment. Contact me for a link for that.

If you are interesting in going for a full degree training in acupuncture I can recommend the following nearby colleges:
College of Integrated Chinese Medicine which includes 5 element acupuncture treaining.
International College of Oriental Medicine for a Classical Chinese Medicine approach.
City College of Acupuncture for a TCM acupuncture approach.