What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine theory. The principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common.
Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, an acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
Clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments on offer in the UK. There are very few side effects when practised by a fully qualified practitioner – any side effects (for example bruising) that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting.
What types of acupuncture do you use?
We practise two forms of acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture This utilises meridian points across the body.
Auricular Acupuncture (or Ear Acupuncture) The ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body so points are used only on the ear. This method is especially good for those nervous of needles, and particularly recommended for stress, insomnia and addictions.
What can acupuncture treat?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) currently recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for:
persistent lower back pain
chronic tension-type headaches
World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggest acupuncture can treat:
chronic pain, such as arthritis
allergies, including hay fever
fatigue, including after chemotherapy
depression and anxiety
digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
infertility and menstrual disorders
Before having acupuncture treatment
Many acupuncture points are on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear loose clothing. Make sure you eat a light meal before treatment.
Your first consultation
In order to make a diagnosis and to find the right treatment approach, we ask patients about current symptoms, medical history, sleep, appetite and digestion, emotional wellbeing and other specific details as appropriate.
Very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles are used to stimulate specific acupuncture points. Energy meridians range across the whole body, so these points may not be close to where you experience pain or discomfort. eg, if you suffer from headaches, needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.
Other techniques used alongside acupuncture
Moxibustion Heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb)
Therapeutic massage This stimulates acupressure points, opens energy meridians and stimulates the flow of qi.
Cupping Glass cups with a vacuum seal are used to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and feel calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself time to rest.
Acupuncture and massage
Payment: We accept payment by cash, cheque or BACS.
Please allow minimum 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a treatment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.