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Acupuncture


I qualified in 2001 after undergoing four years training at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. I have been practicing acupuncture ever since whilst building my knowledge with extensive further training in the gentle and subtle arts of Japanese acupuncture.


I am a Member of the British Acupuncture Council:-Members of the British Acupuncture Council have trained for a minimum of three years in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and basic western medicine theory. They are fully insured and follow a strict code of practice and ethics.


What is acupuncture and what can it treat?


Acupuncture is a system of healing which has developed over thousands of years in China and other eastern countries. The ancient Chinese discovered that the stimulation of points on particular areas of the body affected organ function and cured disease. Traditionally the Chinese believed that a person only became ill if his/her vital
energy (qi)became out of balance. Acupuncture works by balancing the meridians which underlie and support every bodily structure and function. The meridians are lines of energy or communication which connect all parts of the body. In illness they become blocked or weak. The acupuncturist will locate these blockages or weaknesses and
attempt to rectify them, thereby restoring health. The treatment works on physical, mental and emotional levels and is therefore capable of treating a wide range of
problems.


Anyone can benefit from acupuncture because it works holistically on a persons health rather than just dealing with a specific disease. The techniques used today have been developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and observation. This together with ongoing research shows the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a wide
range of conditions. Below are some of the most common conditions that I see in my clinic:


Musculoskeletal: Tennis and golfers elbow, frozen shoulder, low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, arthritis, RSI, sports injuries.
Mental/Emotional Problems: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress disorders.
Gastrointestinal: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, acid reflux, indigestion.
Respiratory: Hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, catarrh, poor immunity.
Skin disorders: Eczema, acne.
Ear and Eye: Tinnitus, dizziness, dry eyes.
Nervous System: Migraine, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, bells palsy, shingles, after effects of stroke.
Urinary Disorders: Cystitis, bladder weakness, frequent urination.
Women's disorders: Menstrual problems, menopausal problems, hot flushes, infertility.
Men's disorders: Impotence, premature ejaculation, prostatitis.
Chronic fatigue disorders: e.g. CFS, M.E., fibromyalgia.


Before treatment

It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing and remove as much jewellery as possible before coming. Needles are inserted into acupuncture points, which can be anywhere on the body.

The treatment

Your first visit is called a consultation and this will last approximately 90 minutes. The consultation consists of two parts. During the first part, lasting 45 minutes, you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Further information is then gathered using the traditional Chinese methods of abdominal, pulse and tongue
diagnosis. By the end of this session we will have built up a comprehensive picture of your state of health and have enough information to proceed to the actual treatment which will last a further 45 minutes. Follow up sessions will take 3/4 hours.
At each visit you will be asked how your symptoms have changed. Your abdominal, pulse and tongue readings may also be reassessed to see how you have progressed.
The acupuncture is carried out using fine needles placed to a few millimetres depth beneath the skin. Some people feel nothing after insertion, others feel a heaviness, tingling or warmth which may extend out from the needle. The needles may be left in place for varying periods.


After treatment
Often there is some immediate change in symptoms but with long standing problems the results of acupuncture can take more time to see. You will probably feel more relaxed after treatment and it is recommended that care be taken travelling home. It is also wise to abstain from alcohol immediately after treatment and try to drink an extra

glass or two of water.


Frequency of treatment
As a general rule acute problems (e.g. a back you put out last week) will clear up more quickly than chronic conditions (e.g. 5 year old back pain). Everyone will be different in this respect and the number and frequency of treatments required will be discussed at the outset and planned to suit you. Most people will need to come once per
week to start, but with improvement, less frequent visits are required.

Self help
Dietary and lifestyle advice is given where this will help with specific conditions.
Self acupressure techniques are frequently taught to help control symptoms and to benefit general health. Patients often find these techniques effective and powerful.
Additional techniques
The following adjunctive techniques may also be employed during your treatment:
Acupressure massage: A combination of pressure, applied at acupuncture points and massage. This can be used as an alternative to acupuncture or in combination.
Cupping: The use of suction over the skin and muscles helps to increase circulation and decrease muscle tension.
Moxibustion: The burning of a warming herb over specific areas of the body (commonly acupuncture points) - very good for cold conditions (such as cold aching joints), inflammatory and immune related problems.

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