Acupuncture is an amazing medicine model and it can benefit your health in many different ways. According to traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine, our health depends on the body’s motivating energy -qi- moving in a smooth and balanced way through numerous channels beneath the skin.
The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors such as emotions - anxiety, anger, or grief - as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness may occur.
When your energetics are out of balance, you may experience pain, poor appetite and scattered sleep. Allergies, autoimmune conditions, menstrual cycles disturbances and infertility, are all signs of your system needing fine-tuning.
Good health is not just an absence of pain or disease, it is a balanced state of body, mind and spirit. Therefore, I work with you as a unique individual to focus on bringing you to your very best health by addressing your issues from all angles.
Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach leads to a more permanent resolution of your health concerns.
Try acupuncture – I am here today because I tried it a long time ago, and now I feel privileged to be able to help you.
How does it work?
During an acupuncture session I insert ultra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy, aiming to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.More often than not, patients don't feel a thing as acupuncture needles are much, much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. At most, patients have described the sensation as a tingling or dull ache.The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable and the common post-treatment response is to feel calm and relaxed. Other responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived, but I always recommend you eat something before your treatment and make sure you get to continue to relax after it.
How often should you have acupuncture?
Acupuncture works by bringing the body into balance. Unfortunately, this isn't achieved in just one session - although your first treatment can be hugely beneficial.
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, but for chronic issues, I may recommend a course of ten. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long-term.
It's all down to where you are in your individual health journey. We will discuss your plan during your first appointment and I always aim to resolve your health concerns quickly and efficiently within a timeframe agreed between us both.
If you are on a fertility journey, I recommend an acupuncture and personalised nutrition plan for at least three months prior to conception, either naturally or through ART, such as IVF. This improves hormonal balance and regulates your period, as well as improving the quality of your eggs, which is actually determined three months in advance of conception.
What can it treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions...
- Allergic rhinitis
- Essential hypotension
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus, correction
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Menstrual cramps
- Myofascial pain
- Postoperative dental pain
- Stroke rehabilitation
Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine. The concept is to apply a therapeutic heat to counter-balance underlying cold. It is this cold that can cause an inbalance, affecting fertility. We therefore seek to reverse it.
Moxibustion involves the use of moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves, which is burned to smoulder slowly and produce the heat.
How does it work?
During the treatment, the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. By focusing on the same acupuncture points where a needle might be applied, it's possible to use this treatment for those adverse to needles, or perhaps young children.
It's a very effective technique and in some cases can actually achieve what a needle can't. I therefore incorporate it when required within an acupuncture session - it is part of the session, not an additional treatment (either in time or cost).
Cupping has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. The purpose is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain and pull out any toxins that may be lingering.
It acts in the reverse of massage, using suction directly on a point to pull skin, tissue and muscles upwards rather than applying pressure.
How does it work?
I incorporate cupping within an acupuncture treatment when it is required. I heat the air inside the glass before quickly applying it to the body - the heat causes the suction to occur.
The length of time the cups remain depends on what we are seeking to treat and at most you may feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup (many patients have said this is pleasant and relaxing).
Post-treatment you may find your skin has temporarily turned red, perhaps blue or purple and this can last from a few days to a couple of weeks but it's rarely painful.
It is increasingly difficult to discern today what eating healthily actually means. How much and how often, raw food, or cooked, what proportions of what foods at what time. Paleo, Atkins, Vegan, or Juicing?
A Chinese medicine food energetics diet might be just the answer, as it is easy to follow and devised according to your own, individual constitution. You will find that this easy-to-follow dietary concept is easily adjusted to your lifestyle and will notice improvement in your energy levels, digestion and sleep very quickly.
How does it work?
Nutrition as we know it in Western society focuses on the analytical and quantitative food categorisations based on material food components: vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and trace elements.
The Oriental view is based on the holistic interchangeability concept of Yin and Yang qualities and illustrates how the thermal nature and flavours of foods work in the body.
By looking at the holistic nature it allows for many different combinations and fine-tuning of the food energetics to individual needs.
Being healthy does not mean the absence of disease. Often in clinical practice we learn that symptoms such as short and interrupted sleep, loose stools and sweet food cravings are not something our patients consider a symptom.
Low energy levels and fatigue, especially in patients on the fertility journey, are very common, yet not considered a significant symptom. This is why I place a paramount importance on the way the diet plan is devised, and followed through, with specific details and recipes for each and every individual.
Chinese food therapy is a common-sense diet. It re-connects you to the somewhat forgotten cyclical processes in nature and awakens you to eating simply-prepared, wholesome foods, recommended according to your personal constitution. It works well alongside any medication or supplements you might be taking.
If you are on a natural or assisted conception journey, this is a MAJOR contributing factor to your desired outcome, and it gives you an opportunity to be in charge where you may feel this has been taken away from you. Sleeping well, having lots of energy, and having a robust immune system will confirm you are well on your way.