About 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 my conditions page. If you have a condition 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 conditions 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.
Acupuncture: What is it?
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.
Acupuncture: What to expect?
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.
Acupuncture: What does it 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.
Acupuncture: Is it 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.
Acupuncture: Does it 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: https://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 daysIncreasing numbers of physiotherapists, osteopaths and medial doctors have been turning to acupuncture having seen clinical effectiveness. These resources describe this approach:
- The website of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
- For the physio. approach: Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
“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. Equally, I recognise that it is good to meet a qualified doctor on a regular basis for a one-to-one session lasting 45 minutes.” Is Acupuncture Effective?, Guardian Article