Acupuncture & TCM

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing originating in China over 2,000 years ago and now used all over the world. The practice of acupuncture utilises the acupuncture channels or meridians and acupuncture points on the body which are stimulated in a variety of ways to restore the natural flow of Qi or vital energy within the body. As well as needling, your treatment may involve massage, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion (warming the acupuncture point with mugwort herb) and gua sha, gentle stimulation of the skin surface with a round edged tool. Most acupuncture treatments will involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles to acupuncture points, to be retained for some time, usually around 20-40mins. Acupuncture bolsters your body’s ability to return to its natural healthful state when it has been driven off track by factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle, injury, long term chronic disease and contagious diseases.

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Acupuncture has been scientifically shown to decrease inflammation, promote immunity and increase cellular

function. It promotes the healthy circulation of blood, decreases acidity and improves the body’s ability to

effectively eliminate carbon dioxide providing increased levels of nutrition and oxygenation to the cells,

and relaxes the muscles. Due to these and many other beneficial effects acupuncture is useful in the treatment

of a very wide range of conditions in areas of digestive health, women’s health, fertility, pregnancy support,

menopause preparation and support, immunological conditions such as hay fever, respiratory conditions such as

asthma, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal conditions, circulatory conditions, pain conditions, neurological conditions,

ears, eyes, nose and throat conditions, genitourinary disorders and psycho-emotional conditions such as depression and

anxiety. Acupuncture affects the whole body and mind complex and you may also find relief from symptoms

other than your main reason for receiving acupuncture as your body’s natural rhythms fall back into place.

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In a typical acupuncture session you can expect your health condition will be assessed through interview, pulse and tongue diagnosis, the channels on your legs and arms may be palpated (felt), as well as your abdomen and back. Once your diagnosis is made you will receive your treatment. What is given will depend on your condition on the day. You may receive the same treatment at consecutive sessions if that is what is needed, often, adjustments will be made based on your progress between sessions, and your treatment will change. If you are struggling with a health challenge and wondering if acupuncture may be able to help you please do not hesitate to get in touch or Book a Complimentary Telephone ConsultationFor more information on the science supporting acupuncture you can visit: The Acupuncture Evidence Project


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