Acupuncuture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Medicine in the form of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine has been in continuous use for at least 2500 years and is the world's longest continuous medical tradition, with centuries of clinical textbooks, commentaries, case histories and oral linages to back up todays current use. The range of conditions that acupuncture is traditionally used for is very wide: for more have a look at the conditions information below. If you have something that you think I might be able to help you with, be it an emotional condition or internal condition, then do call and we can discuss more in person.

Many situations do improve after a typical course of 6 treatments. It is important to remember that the effect may build up slowly at first, especially if the condition is long term, thus only becoming really noticeable after 4 or so sessions. However, I will always say if I think that the acupuncture approach is not working for you: circumstances are varied so acupuncture is not going to work for everyone, all of the time.

Where possible I use evidence based medical approach using the best available current evidence for Chinese Medicine. In 2018 I conducted my own research in the form of an extended multiple case study for the treatment of insomnia. For more details for this see the data from the research here.

“I have no knowledge of any parallel universe, so I can’t compare what my life without acupuncture would be like to see exactly how much it has helped, but my feeling is that it does help me, so I won’t stop.” Is Acupuncture Effective?, Guardian Article

Conditions

I am very focussed on treating the main thing you have come with. I will listen to the problem, research it and try and work on getting it better. I have a character, clinicially of never giving up. If it seems I can't help you as well as I would like, I have access to supervisors and a network of other practitioners to get a solution! For general list of conditions treated please visit it the BAcC resource pages here: "a-z of conditions" which gives a really good overview of the current scientific understanding of the acupuncture approach to these illnesses and conditions.

The Top 8 conditions I treat in the clinic are

1. Fertility

Female fertility, Male fertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Infertility ART

2. Pain

Back pain, Neck pain, Knee Pain, Neuropathic pain, Frozen shoulder, Osteoarthritis, Sports Injuries, Sciatica, Tennis elbow, Plantar Faciitis.

3. Anxiety and Depression

Feeling down, low mood, Stress & Burnout

4. Insomnia

Lack of sleep, and worry about lack of sleep. Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

5. Hot Flushes

& Night sweats. Also menopausal symtoms

6. Digestive Problems

Gastrointestinal tract disorders & Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

7. Tiredness

Coldness. Fatigue. CFS, ME

8. Headache

Migraine and Tension headache

For more information on any of the above, click on the text and it will link you to the section below...

Fertility

Chinese medicine provides excellent support for couples seeking to improve their fertility. It can give all important rebalancing to hormones and blood-flow in the body, ensuring the optimal development of ovaries, eggs, uterus and sperm. Emotions and stress are balanced and eased to allow a happier and healthier experience, whether following the natural pregnancy route or that of IVF or ART.

Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs, has for a long time been seen as a top level treatment for infertility: providing real improvements and excellent support. Acupuncture alone is a very good method. When combined with herbal medicine the treatment is powerful and transformational. The herbal remedies are chosen to complement your condition and will strengthen your system. Some practitioners use set protocols in their practice. My approach is different: I use traditional diagnosis and follow from what that says to produce an individualised approach. Such is the strength and breadth of the Chinese medical tradition associated with the treatment of fertility that a person recieving treatment will usually also feel better in themselves: increasing vitality, and decreasing stress responses.

PCOS If you have been given the diagnosis of PCOS you are no doubt interested in methods that can make a real difference. I have had a number of PCOS patients and had really good results from them, resulting in a number of successful pregnancies. PCOS fits a certain Chinese Medicine syndrome (called Internal Rheum or Dampness) very well... and the treatment for that syndrome is usually very effective indeed.

Male Fertility This is of course essential at least to consider and if need be treat. Male fertility is closely associated with many traditional Chinese Medicine categories of disease (often associated with fatigue) making treatment straightforward and effective. 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.

For more check out my extra information on this site here

Pain

Acupuncture is very useful in the treatment of emotional conditions, and this aspect is one that has been celebrated over the millennia in China. Fundamentally Chinese medicine views the mind and body as a coherent whole, with no obvious separation from one aspect to another. Treatment for emotional conditions consequently are very much part of the usual flow of Chinese medicine and I recommend in particular using acupuncture to address the condition of anxiety and its related feelings.

Anxiety is the most common emotional condition that I see in the clinic. Anxiety may also relate to feelings of not being able to cope with stressful situations, which at its most strong may come out as panic attacks. Acupuncture may help alleviate the feeling of distress often present with anxiety, may help improve sleep and give the person valuable self-help tools to allow them to manage their life, along with its usual stresses and strains.

Many people find that the treatment of anxiety and stress by acupuncture to be actually quite revolutionary in their lives, and may wish to make their acupuncture treatment a long-term thing which supports them as they go through their lives.

For more check out my extra information on this site here

Echinacea

Anxiety and Depression

Acupuncture is very useful in the treatment of emotional conditions, and this aspect is one that has been celebrated over the millennia in China. Fundamentally Chinese medicine views the mind and body as a coherent whole, with no obvious separation from one aspect to another. Treatment for emotional conditions consequently are very much part of the usual flow of Chinese medicine and I recommend in particular using acupuncture to address the condition of anxiety and its related feelings.

Anxiety is the most common emotional condition that I see in the clinic. Anxiety may also relate to feelings of not being able to cope with stressful situations, which at its most strong may come out as panic attacks. Acupuncture may help alleviate the feeling of distress often present with anxiety, may help improve sleep and give the person valuable self-help tools to allow them to manage their life, along with its usual stresses and strains.

Many people find that the treatment of anxiety and stress by acupuncture to be actually quite revolutionary in their lives, and may wish to make their acupuncture treatment a long-term thing which supports them as they go through their lives.

Depression. The second most common emotional condition treated by acupuncture is depression along with a range of related conditons: low mood, lack of motivation, low self-esteem.and difficult feelings following bereavement. Fundamentally acupuncture can help add more energy into a person's system, giving them a boost of vitality that is felt in the body and subsequently in the mind and emotions.

The link that Chinese medicine makes between the body and mind is very profound and results in a way of approaching this issue that is refreshing and can bring very real relief to the sufferer.

An excellent piece of research has been conducted that shows that acupuncture is an effective means of treating depression. Please click here:

Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial

I have a particular interest in the treatment of bereavement. This is a very important area of health and well-being which is often neglected. Treatment with acupuncture can cover a variety of the complex range of feelings that arise from the loss of a loved one.  Do get in touch with me if you want to talk more about how acupuncture can help bereavement.

Insomnia

Insomnia is a distressing condition for many. It affects people in ways that are hard to see outwardly, but manifest in varying difficult levels of tiredness during the day. It is often the case that anxiety accompanies insomnia,  so that people feel worried about their lack of sleep, and then this causes them to continue to have poor sleep as they worry more more about whether they will get enough rest to be to function during the day. Added to this sort of problem one may find the use of quite strong sleeping medication, which may actually make their condition very much worse in the long term. I am not a medical practitioner in the conventional sense and can never make direct recommendations about patients reducing their conventional medication however many of my patients have managed to reduce their sleep medication by themselves in conjunction with treatments for insomnia.

Treatments for sleep problems nearly always include a careful assessment of the emotional condition of the person and the treatment will encompass helping the person feel more balanced emotionally.

A standard course of treatment is to benefit insomnia will last about six weeks and after that time it will be quite clear to the person receiving whether they feel that this may be useful long-term strategy to improve the health and well-being. In which case a transfer to a once a fortnight or once a month treatment is recommended

Hot Flushes

Hot flushes can be a real source of distress. Affecting mainly menopausal women this can typically impact very badly one's quality-of-life and perhaps most problematically the quality of sleep.  Ordinary menopausal type hot flushes are well known to be treated by acupuncture,  and this is often done in conjunction with appropriate dietary advice and lifestyle advice. Treatment in this situation should be thought of as a long-term issue with fortnightly and monthly treatments the approach to take.

Hot flushes do also affect both men and women who are undergoing hormonal treatment as part of their cancer care treatment within conventional medicine. This is often due to taking certain hormone -related medications that reduce the potential growth of cancer cells  helping these people stay cancer free. However side effects of extreme hot flushes and very bad night sweats make a huge impact, and this may well last for years.  I have had the privilege of volunteering at two cancer charities in Berkshire and Surrey and have found some truly excellent and revolutionary methods of treating these severe hormone- medicine -related hot flushes. Some of my experiences are related here in this blog under cancer care.

Treatment for this severe hot flush, for either women or men, is actually very effective and not particularly  long in duration. Relief may be found within just a few sessions and the improvements does seem to be quite long lasting.

Digestive Problems

IBS and other digestive problems like constipation are very well treated with Chinese Medicine.

Both the acupuncture and Chinese Herbal approach can yield very good results.

It is absolutely standard with your treatment that I will make specific dietary recommendations.

Tiredness

Issues about tiredness are far ranging, from plain fatigue to the very much more complex syndromes of ME and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), overlapping with Fibromyalgia.

While acupuncture can deal quite effectively with fatigue, I usually recommend a combined or herbal only approach for these complex tiredness syndromes, and advise that treatment will be relatively long term, i.e. a few months long.

Echinacea

Headache

This can range from Migraine to Tension Headache from any cause. I will very carefully assess you to help eliminate any causes in your lifestyle, then go on to correct underlying imbalances in your energy and blood flow. With patience often a 100% improvement can be had to this difficult issue.

FAQ for Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. I may also use a smouldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points, and cupping therapy to ease muscular pain.

What to expect with acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture aims to rebalance the body, naturally boosting vitality and easing any tension and anxiety. It lasts approximately 45 minutes in duration. 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.

What does acupuncture treat?

An acupuncture practitioner treats lots of conditions, just like a GP might. My top treatments include acupuncture for back, neck and shoulder pain and acupuncture for fertility. I have a special interest in the treatment of the effect of bereavement: part of the wide spectrum of approaches of acupuncture for mental health including anxiety and depression. More information about conditions can be found here on my website.

Once your main complaint has been properly treated, I offer a special monthly treatment for keeping well. Overall my treatment aim to treat both symptoms and also the person themselves: to rebalance their energy, and ensure the person feels better in themselves: better from the inside out.

Is acupuncture safe?

This is a traditional acupuncture treatment; the form of which is very similar to treatment that has been practiced for the last twenty centuries in the East, and whose structure is based on the world’s longest unbroken medical literary tradition.  It is an extremely safe technique, with very high standards of hygiene and training. Degree level training and continuing professional development ensure a professional approach.

Does acupuncture work?

In a word: yes! There is growing scientific evidence for the validity of the acupuncture approach for and number of conditions. For more on that please see the individual condition fact-sheets above. The NHS publishes a good review of current practice here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/

More details and links

Conventional medical approaches are extremely useful for complement the Chinese Medicine Approach. These routes are generally well known, but there is still a need for good information: 

  • An excellent resource for further information is www.patient.info
  • Another excellent U.S. based resource is the Mayo Clinic for health advice.

Acupuncture: Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is what I practice, and is more or less the equivalent to those well developed methods used in China for centuries:

  • The leading professional body is the British Acupuncture Council or BAcC and is available here: www.acupuncture.org.uk
  • A really useful review in a UK national newspaper about the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture can be found here in the Guardian newspaper article "Is Acupuncture Effective?"
  • A really thorough introduction to the subject found in usual Wikipedia style (with usual pro. and con. opinions) is here.

Acupuncture: Medical Acupuncture

These days increasing numbers of physiotherapists, osteopaths and medial doctors have been turning to acupuncture having seen clinical effectiveness. These resources describe this approach:

I have listed these more medically based approaches not because I recommend them, but for the purpose of completeness of information. For all problems, disorders and approaches, the traditional acupuncture route I practice is likely to offer the most complete, holistic and effective approach.

"Traditional Acupuncture: The original and best!"

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