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Thank you for visiting my Acupuncture website. I hope you will find the information here useful whether you are just trying to find out more about acupuncture or if you are looking for a qualified therapist. If you do require a therapist please visit my contact me page in order to get in touch.

Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture stimulates the body, mind and spirit to heal itself, as far as nature will allow. In Chinese medicine any illness or symptom, either physical, mental or emotional, is associated with an imbalance of the person's vital life energy, or Qi. Acupuncture can be used to rebalance to restore health.This principle of Traditional Acupuncture is important because it means the underlying cause of the disease is being dealt with rather than the symptoms merely being suppressed only to reappear in the future. As well as dealing with the patient's condition by restoring the overall balance of energy, because Traditional Acupuncture is holistic and treats everyone as an individual , patients usually feel better in themselves, promoting an improved quality of life, energy and general well being.

If you would like more information about acupuncture in the UK, visit the British Acupuncture Website (BAcC) . All members of the BAcC have completed a thorough training of at least three years in Traditional Acupuncture and western medical sciences appropriate to the practise of Acupuncture. We also observe strict codes of practice, conduct, hygiene and are fully Insured.

Who comes for acupuncture treatment?

A lot of people come for acupuncture as their first choice of treatment whilst others come as a last ditch effort when other forms of medicine have been unsuccessful. Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial when other forms of treatment have been unsuccessful. Since deterioration in the balance of energy always precedes the appearance of a symptom, traditional acupuncture can also be used as a preventative treatment aimed at maintaining health on all levels. As well as seeking help for physical problems, many people come with stress-related disorders and the effects of mental and emotional issues in their lives.

Diagnosis and treatment

The initial treatment session - which takes about an hour - is very important, as it takes into account medical, lifestyle and the presenting condition. This information is essential in determining the cause of the problem and the individual treatment that is required.

The vital Qi (energy) of the body, mind and spirit is distributed throughout twelve main energy pathways (called meridians), each of which is associated with an organ and function. There is a pulse, located on the wrist, which relates to each of these meridians and gives information about the state of the energy of each organ. Acupuncture treatment aims to re-establish the balance of energy within these channels and therefore the Patient. This is achieved by inserting very fine, disposable stainless steel needles into appropriate acupuncture points along the meridian lines. These may be inserted for just a second or two, or left for up to 20 minutes. Herbs are also sometimes burned to warm, nourish and improve the flow of Qi. Patients commonly experience a feeling of heaviness and relaxation.

In western terms the insertion of the needles into acupuncture points activates centres in the brain triggering the bodies own healing resources and endorphins.

Response and frequency to treatment

Each individual is unique, so the response to treatment varies from person to person. The length of time a condition has been present is important in assessing how quickly the patient is likely to improve. Most people will need treatment once or twice during the first week and then once a week thereafter until some improvement has been maintained. Then the treatments will be gradually spaced further apart until there is only a need for a check up every 4-6 weeks or at the change of the seasons. The duration and frequency of the treatment depends on the severity of the imbalance, how long the person has had it and whether there is anything in the person's lifestyle that is interfering with the progress of healing.