Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine, dating back to over two thousand years ago. Today there are now over 3 million practitioners worldwide. It began with the discovery that stimulating certain areas of the body affected functioning of certain organs and areas of the body. As the connection between skin and organs became better understood, it evolved into a system of healing. Due to its power to stimulate our own healing response it is effective for a variety of conditions.
It has been proven by The World Health Organisation to treat a wide variety of ailments and illnesses.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of complaints, resulting in an improved feeling of well-being.
My main specialties are:
- Pain management; most commonly back, neck and knee pain.
- Migraine & Headache
- Stress, Anxiety & Well-Being
Are There Different Styles Of Acupuncture?
Yes. The main style practiced in the West & China is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM tends to be most effective treating internal diseases – diseases of the internal organs.
Recent (in the history of Chinese Medicine) developments in the 1950’s have included Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger point therapy aims to release tight adhesions in muscles and soft tissue. This tightness is often responsible for pain that can be referred to other parts of the body.
Distal Needling involves treating pain by not treating the local area. When an area is very tender I will often needle distal points. This can be very effective for certain types of migraines and back pain. I follow Master Tung and Dr Tans style of distal needling.
I use all 3 of the above styles, tailoring my approach to my patients particular presentation.
What Is A Typical Treatment Like?
A typical treatment will involve an initial consultation followed by the insertion of needles. Frequently these needles will be left in for 15- 30 minutes although sometimes they may simply be inserted and removed. The needles used are far finer than those used for injections and generally only cause a slight sensation as they go through the skin. Pre-sterilised, disposable needles are used on all patients. All aspects of treatment are strictly regulated by the British Acupuncture Council, of which I am a member.
For more information on treatment see the FAQ page.
Acupuncture Has Been Practiced For Over 3000 Years
The first records show that acupuncture may have been practiced as long as 4,000 years ago. Ancient Chinese pricked various parts of the body with stones. A cure was thought to be achived by letting evil spirits leave the body via the hole made by the stone. As long as 3,000 years ago written medical texts , including the Yellow Emporers Internal Classic, started to appear. These texts shunned the idea of evil spirits as causes of disease and embraced a modern physiological approach. Great importance was placed on leading a balanced life, consuming in moderation and living in harmony with the seasons. Perhaps more surprisingly the text shows advanced knowledge of blood vessels.
The early Chinese understood the importance of food, air (otherwise known as qi) and blood in sustaining healthy life. In earlier times, before complex societies developed and life became more stressful, disease was cured through meditation and diet. As society became more complex and stressful, physicians noted that changes to diet and meditation were insufficient to affect a cure and acupuncture was relied on more heavily.
To this day acupuncture is still practiced in mainsream hospitals, alongside allopathic medicine, across China.