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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is aimed at treating the movement of energy around the body and because this energy has an influence on all organs and systems, it is widely believed that treatment can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions and symptoms. These vary from ailments that are diagnosed to more general feelings of low energy or poor health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised for over 2000 years with the philosophy that our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi (chee) and ill health occurs when it becomes out of balance. The flow of qi can be disrupted by a range of factors including emotional states such as anxiety, worry, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma.

Acupuncture is now widely accepted and used around the world both as a stand alone therapy and alongside conventional western medicine.  As more scientific research is being conducted its popularity continues to grow and more people are turning to acupuncture to support their health needs.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, with evidence indicating that it may have a therapeutic value for many more.

Common complaints that are successfully and regularly treated include;

  • Stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Pain and musculo-skeletal problems including sports injuries, lower back, knee, sciatica, shoulder, knee and hip
  • Digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation and IBS
  • Infertility and IVF support
  • Weight loss and gastro-intestinal problems
  • Menstrual and menopausal problems—PMT, painful periods, PCOS, hot flushes • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Endocrine and immune disorders
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions – eczema, psoriasis, acne
Benefits

Benefits of acupuncture vary from person to person. Traditional acupuncture treatment is aimed at treating the root of the condition as well as the symptoms.  As such, it is tailored to treat the individual as a whole person with results being long lasting and widespread. Often unrelated health issues can be resolved and your general sense of health and well-being may be enhanced. Frequent comments include ‘I’m feeling better in myself’, which includes having increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, increased confidence, sounder sleep and a better appetite.

Diagnosis

During your first treatment a comprehensive medical history will be taken along with your current symptoms, sleep pattern, diet, and lifestyle. The pulse on both wrists will be recorded and your tongue observed. Whilst some questions may not seem relevant, all of the information gathered will form the basis of a diagnosis in order to create an individual treatment plan. As such, the acupuncture points chosen will be tailored to your needs, and may be different than those chosen for a friend with the same condition.

After treatment most people feel calm and relaxed. Acupuncture has very few side effects and those that occur are usually mild. Tiredness, a mild headache, feeling light headed, skin reactions (rare), or aggravation of a condition (generally short-lived) are all signs that the body is responding to treatment and are considered to be a positive result. However, if you are at all concerned with how you feel please contact Sharon.

How many sessions will I need?

This is dependent on your individual condition and in chronic conditions more treatment is often necessary. Some people notice an improvement in the way they feel after one or two treatments and most within five or six. However, feedback will be taken from you after each treatment and reviewed in detail after six treatments. People often choose to have acupuncture as a way of improving their general health and wellbeing or because they feel unwell and they have not been provided with a conventional western diagnosis.

How much does it cost?

First Treatment (please allow up to 2 hours): £65
During this appointment a comprehensive medical and health history will be taken and you will receive your first treatment

Subsequent Treatments (45 minutes): £50 

Make an Appointment

If you have want to discuss your individual needs in more detail, a free 15 minute consultation can be arranged.

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