About Acupuncture.

 

Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest medical traditions, originating in China over 2000 years ago, and has evolved since into a sophisticated system which organises many complex health issues into a highly individualised treatment approach.

Single use, sterile thin hairlike needles are used to access points in the body, where vital energy (Qi) is accessible to the practitioner. The selection of points depends on the affected meridian, which has become either deficient or blocked, leading to disease.

The practitioner gathers information to conclude an overall diagnosis, taking a comprehensive medical and lifestyle history, observing the tongue and pulses, and palpation of the channels and abdomen, allowing a highly tailored treatment plan to take shape.

Below is a list of the tailored treatments i offer.

Acupuncture for Health

In clinical trials, Acupuncture has been shown to have many positive effects in the body. Amongst many mechanisms, it has been shown to help with the following:

Pain: In a draft guideline, the NICE body ( National Institure for Clinical Excellence) has carefully weighed up the evidence from clinical trials and concluded that Acupuncture, among other modalities is ‘one of the suggested treatments.. for the management of chronic primary pain. These guidelines are used within the NHS, and are a response to the need to reduce opiod based painkillers being used.

Mood: Acupuncture regulates neurotransmitters, feel good hormones, promotes relaxation thereby switching off the overactive analytical brain which leads to worry and anxiety, and may reverse stress induced changes in biochemistry,

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Pregnancy may be accompanied by some unexpected health conditions. Acupuncture has been shown to be perfectly safe in pregnancy, and can be a useful treatment approach for many conditions such as morning sickness, lower back pain, Symphysis Pubis Disorder, and general wellbeing in pregnancy. It can also be used for birth preparation and as an aid to turn Breech presentation babies. Please see below in the Moxibustion section and my FAQ page for more details.

Acupuncture for Fertility

One of the immeasurable qualities that an Acupuncturist will be able to provide is emotional support, during an emotionally heightened time. All fertility treatments I offer will include Acupuncture points which support and promote calm. This is crucial during fertility treatment, as the stress hormone cortisol, interferes with conception by unsettling the hormonal cycle. Emotional support also is offered by way of creating a space for you to talk through your experiences, fears, hopes and dreams. I will also be able to help you analyse blood test results, suggest lifestyle changes which will have a positive impact on fertility, advise on supplementation, and empower you to help you navigate ART treatment choices. There are many mechanisms that aid fertility in Acupuncture treatments, please see my FAQ section to find out how.

 

Please note that under the current restrictions related to Covid 19, I am unable to offer Facial Acupuncture at present. Hopefully this will resume once restrictions ease. Please see my FAQ page for lots of information about how Facial Enhancement Acupuncture works if you would like to book a course in the future.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a valued treatment approach in Chinese medicine, using the optimal temperature and burning qualities of the mugwort plant.
Direct moxibustion places the herb at the end of the inserted needle to deliver warmth and yang energy to the acupoint, and therefore meridian or muscle.
Indirect moxibustion uses a moxa stick which is lit and held above the acupoint or moved along the meridian or affected area.

It is also used to aid in assisting turning babies in Breech presentations as part of a package of care, to include a full consultation, acupuncture treatment and take home instructions for a full at- home programme. Please see my FAQ page for more information about Breech presentation treatment.

Cupping

Cupping uses heat and suction to alleviate stagnation which can occur in the meridians or muscles due to factors such as injury, overuse, exposure to cold, poor posture, and being sedentary. Heat is used to create a vacuum within the sterilised cup, which is then placed on the skin. The cup is then either left in place, or moved with the aid of massage oil to allow a deep stimulation of tissues. The purpose of cupping in Chinese medicine is to bring blood and its accompanying nutritive qualities, and vital energy (Qi) to the area to assist with healing. This treatment may be used in conjunction with needling acupoints, or may be used as a standalone treatment. There are some underlying conditions which would be contraindicated for a cupping treatment, so the inclusion to a treatment is only used when indicated by the practitioner. After a treatment there is likely to be some bruise like marks which indicate the blood has been moved to the areas of congestion for required healing.

Pricing

 

Service

Fees

Acupuncture for Health

Up to 1 hour

£45

Initial Fertility Consultation

1.5 hours

£75

Follow-up Fertility Consultation

Up to 1 hour

£45

Cosmetic Enhancement Acupuncture

1.5 hours

£75

Course of 10 Cosmetic Enhancement Acupuncture Sessions

(payable in advance)

1.5 hours

£700

To book an appointment, or to find out more information, please get in touch.