Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated around 100 BC in China. It involves the use of very fine sterilised needles inserted in specific points along meridians (energetic channels in the body). This stimulates the flow of Qi (energy) in order to resolve blockages that cause disharmony in the body.
TCM acupuncture is considered a holistic practice since it treats the person as a whole rather than individual parts. Emotions, diet and lifestyle are closely connected with the disease which make it essential for the diagnosis.
Acupuncture in the UK is performed by practitioners who have achieved a degree level training (3,600 hours) in University or College accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB).
What to expect
During our first appointment, I will ask you questions regarding your health, diet and lifestyle. This will allow me to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan for your specific condition.
Treatments include the insertion of very fine needles (sterilised and single used) which will be retained in the body between 20 to 30 minutes. Other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, guasha, electro-acupuncture, heath therapy or massage can be also used to enhance the treatment.
The number of sessions and frequency will depend on the complexity of your condition and your cooperation to make nutritional and lifestyle changes. Bear in mind that acupuncture has a cumulative effect and it is important to have regular treatments, especially at at the beginning, to understand how your body responds to it. Treatments are normally given once a week, every other week or even once a month for maintenance.
Some conditions I frequently treat are: