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Acupuncture is very different to standard Complementary therapies as the philosophy behind them isn’t based on Western Medical Anatomy but Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM].
Acupuncture is the key treatment in Chinese Medicine and is used in varying forms throughout the world.
Acupuncture Therapy believes natural energy known as Qi becomes imbalanced or blocked causing pain or illness in the body. Qi flows freely throughout everyone’s bodies and within the universe. This is paired with blood, Yin, Essence (Jing) and Yang. These are the 4 vital parts of the human body and flow in harmony for the person to be perfectly healthy. They flow through the 14 meridians (channels) and the TCM organs linked to them.
Some have the same names as western organs (lung, kidney, gallbladder etc) but they don’t always have the same function. There is a fine distinction and that is why the diagnosis in TCM is not to be mistook with a Western Medical Diagnosis; THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. A weak TCM Heart means the Qi in the Meridian is weak affecting emotions and sleep not your actual beating organ.
There are 359 acupoints on the body and these are all located in gaps and holes already in your muscles and bones. The acupuncturist knows the function of each acupuncture point and its interaction with other acupuncture points. They can then plan the treatment to eliminate obstructions in the flow of Qi and to balance the yin and yang.
There are many methods to stimulate Acupuncture points including: pressure, needles, electro-stimulation and laser stimulation.
What can Acupuncture Therapy do?
strengthen the immune system
improve blood circulation
Lower cortisol levels
increase dopamine levels (sense of calm and happiness – revitalized and destressed)
Detoxify the system and rebalances it.
Acupuncture can help with many disorders from Arthritis to Skin Conditions however it is most known for its benefits in infertility, Headaches and back pain. What people don’t know is it can help with High BP, Anxiety, Asthma, certain Heart Conditions, Hay fever, depression, insomnia, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, and digestive issues; even facial paralysis, weight loss and addictions. Its application really is wide ranging.
It can be used alongside western medicine and is not an alternative, it’s complementary and holistic treating you as a person not a single condition.
The most comment question I get asked is, does it hurt?
With any therapy the response can and does vary person to person. Most patients would say its “relaxing.” Usually, patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walk in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially in the beginning of the treatment.
Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that are experienced through a treatment range from nothing at all, to a mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. In chronic ailments that have been there years, response to treatment is slower than acute conditions.
How Big Are The Needles?
Acupuncture needles are usually made from stainless steel but can also be from copper or gold.
All are individually wrapped, pre-sterilised and single use. No needle is used more than once and infection control is a key aspect of the acupuncturist.
They are not like hypodermic needles but more pins. The average needle is slightly thicker than a human hair ranging from 0.07mm to 0.38mm thick. The length is usually from 0.08mm to 0.75mm so not that long. The tip is a conical shape allowing it to penetrate tissues separating muscles fibres, this makes it virtually painless and without causing damage.
Needles vary in size depending on where they are to be inserted and on who. Say you had a 90 year old patient you wouldn’t use the same thickness or amount of needles as you would say a 35 year old man. It’d be too strong. Equally you wouldn’t use the same length needle on someone’s thigh as you would on their finger. It’s all about judgement and using each individual person as the guide.
Electro-Acupuncture uses a battery-operated tens machine; this is attached to the needles allowing a current to electrically pulsate the needle sending a vibration into the meridian pathway. Alternatively, an Electro-Pens or infra-red lasers can be used to stimulate the point without the needle. This is less invasive and most often used on ear points and people with lowered constitutions such as babies or frail it is also useful for patients on Warfarin.
Acupuncture Therapy, is it safe?
Acupuncture is suitable for all age groups as it is deemed safe, effective and free from adverse or addictive side effects when performed by a qualified, licensed, registered and insured practitioner
As with all the treatments you may experience some mild reactions while the body is rebalancing itself. These common side effects include:
• Dizziness or light headedness as you get up (lowers BP)
• Minor bleeding or bruising from needle site.
• Petechiae (cupping/ Gua Sha only)
• Cold or flu like symptoms
• Changed toilet frequency
• Altered perspiration and heat regulation
• Deep vivid dreams difficulty in sleeping
• Aching and soreness
These reactions are temporary and should clear in within 48 hours; theses are positive signs that your body has responded to the treatment.
Severe injury from Acupuncture although rare, is not unheard of. Injuries of this type include pneumothorax, kidney damage or liver damage. This is extremely unusual in the UK where Acupuncture is highly regulated by the British Acupuncture Council and training is vigorously thorough.
Contra-Indications to Treatments?
Are there reasons I can’t have treatment?
With all therapies there will be a few conditions which may limit or prevent treatments from going ahead these include:
• Blood Pressure – treatment may be limited if BP is too Low and Refused if too High for safety reasons.
• Thrombosis / Embolism –if you have a current thrombosis/DVT, a history of Haemorrhage or taking medication for this i.e. Warfarin. Treatment may be limited or refused.
• Epilepsy –No electrical stimulation treatment is allowed.
• Diabetes – treatment can alter the insulin levels so need to be aware and closely monitored. Limited in insulin dependent only.
• Severe bruising – treatment will be limited.
• Inflammation – treatment will be limited.
• Cuts & abrasions– treatment will be limited.
• Recent operations– treatment will be limited or may be refused especially if post-op is less than a month.
• Fractures & sprains– treatment will be limited.
• Infectious skin diseases – treatment will be refused for condition such as: impetigo, shingles, Herpes Simplex, Ringworm, Scabies, Conjunctivitis, MRSA, Warts, Verrucae’s.
• Skin Disorders – treatment will be limited and possibly refused with conditions such as: Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Acne Vulgaris, Vitiligo, Rosacea, Chloasma.
• Pregnancy – treatment will be limited in pregnancy and may be refused in the first and third trimester of pregnancy.
• Cancer – treatment will be limited.
Please inform the practitioner about any of these conditions at the time of booking.
This takes approximately 90 minutes this will include a thorough consultation covering contact details, full medical history, lifestyle, checking tongue and pulse and a body assessment where required. Followed by 30-45 minutes of acupuncture treatment with thorough aftercare.
Last around 60 minutes. These include a brief consultation including tongue and pulse diagnosis and 30-45 minutes of treatment.
All block bookings have a 10% discount applied. All purchases of block treatments guarantee fulfilment of all appointments which can be used indefinitely regardless of outcomes. They cannot be transferred and payment must be made in full at the start of the block.
Any therapy given during an Acupuncture Treatment (Auriculotherapy, Tui Na, Cupping, Moxa, Gua Sha, Massage, Aromatherapy ect) are subject to the practitioner’s judgement based on your consultation and presentation. These therapie’z are included in the price quoted above.
Extra therapie’z are available separate to Acupuncture for a longer duration (approximately 30 minutes) for a separate price, please enquire at booking.
Some treatments may not be suitable for all. This will be discussed at time of booking. Please note a 24-hour cancellation policy is in effect. Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice incurs a 50% fee, unattended appointments with no notice incur a 100% fee. Home Visits may be possible for a small fee, please enquire for a quote of fees.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture or Auriculotherapy uses a similar logic as Reflexology in that the meridians are mirrored on the Ear. They believe the micro-system of our ear reflects the macro-system of our entire body. Indeed, the visual aspect of our ear represents an upturned infant and the corresponding aspects of the baby mirror our body.
The outer ear has over 200 Acupuncture points which help to relieve many complaints and conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine they believe stimulating the corresponding points will treat the body back into balance. This can be done manually with pressure or seeds, directly with an acupuncture needle or electronically with Tens stimulation.
During an Auriculotherapy appointment small Acupuncture needles are inserted into a number of these points for a minimum of 15 minutes. During treatment, most patients feel relaxed and have a sense of wellbeing. Sometimes the patient can experience heat sensations on the corresponding part of the body that is being treated.
Often, following treatment ‘ear seeds’ or retained ‘ear tacks’ will be applied to self-stimulate the acupuncture points, these can be kept on the point for up to 2 weeks to give longer benefit and allow the treatment to continue at home in-between visits.
These are small black seeds from the Vaccaria plant or small metal beads which are secured over the ear with hypoallergenic tape or a square plaster. These are safe to shower or bathe in. occasionally some people may experience throbbing, redness or itchiness to the plaster. This is an allergy. Remove the seed immediately. Caution is advised in people with hearing aids due to the seeds getting lodged in the aid tubes.
The stimulation is recommended every few hours unless otherwise advised by the practitioner. This is best achieved by massaging the seed with your fingertip for a few seconds (a gentle squeeze).
As in traditional acupuncture, auricular acupuncture can address emotional issues as well as the physical.
Auricular acupuncture is often used to treat painful muscle conditions, arthritis and weight loss. However, this technique can also be used in the treatment for smoking cessation as well as drug and alcohol detoxification programmes. In fact, any addictive behaviour can be addressed, especially if combined with a therapy to deal with the emotional component of substance abuse. Auriculotherapy is excellent for Addictions, Weight loss, smoking cessation, to ease pain, stress and anxiety as well as improve bowels and sleeping patterns.
(includes a full consultation, lasts approx. 45-60 minutes)
(Lasts Approx. 30-45 minutes)
Just Ear Seeds
(No Needles, Lasts Approx. 10-15 minutes)
Block Booking £50