Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
What to expect
Your first session consists of a thorough consultation before acupuncture needles are inserted at chosen points to channel energy and stimulate the body's own natural ability to restore balance.
Many people are nervous about their first treatment, as they don't know what to expect - but acupuncture is a surprisingly relaxing treatment, you may even fall asleep. If you are in discomfort at any point, we can stop.
After the acupuncture I will work with you to put together a treatment plan uniquely tailored to your needs and incorporating dietary, lifestyle & herbal advice. If you would like to have Chinese herbs alongside your acupuncture treatment, it can greatly enhance the outcome. The use of Chinese herbs is integral to Chinese medicine theory and there’s a growing recognition in Europe and worldwide of their effectiveness. I maintain a wide selection of these herbs and am able to prepare a blend specific to you. All herbal formulas are gentle and safe.
How it works
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to maintain the body's equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing - physical, mental, and emotional.
Our health is dependant on the body's energy, qi (pronounced 'chee'), moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin, but the flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors, including anxiety, anger, or grief - as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, health complications can result.
Using acupuncture needles stimulates the body's self-healing process by correcting the flow of energy and allowing all physiological functions to return to normal.
Chinese medicine will often have an explanation for random symptoms that may seem unconnected, So feel free to contact me for a chat about treatments. Acupuncture is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms, meaning it's possible to a find a more permanent resolution to your problem than Western medicine techniques might.
I treat all sorts of conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as: osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and lower back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.
For summaries of research and for conditions in which acupuncture can be beneficial, you can read more here.