Acupuncture

General Acupuncture Benefits

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Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine.  It is drug free, with no side effects or risk of long-term dependency.  It is safe and fairly pain-free to apply.  

Acupuncture theory, which is thousands of years old and stems from Chinese medicine, is that the body’s surface is covered with a network of energetic pathways known as meridians. Along each meridian is a series of points, known as acupuncture points.  

It is at these acupuncture points that the qi (life force) can be accessed.The number of points will vary depending on the condition requiring treatment. 

Fine, hair-like acupuncture needles (1/16th the width of a conventional hypodermic) are inserted into carefully selected acupuncture points. The needles used are always new, are sterilised and disposable and are discarded after each treatment ensuring absolute safety. After the needles have been inserted, the client may feel a numbness or slight tingling, however this sensation quickly subsides.

After treatment, clients may experience a mild sense of euphoria, or pronounced a sense of peace.

Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of:

  • sciatica,
  • tennis elbow,
  • repetitive strain injuries (RSI),
  • sports injuries,
  • dentistry,
  • headaches,
  • depression,
  • stress,
  • IBS,
  • tinnitus,
  • insomnia,
  • fatigue, and
  • infertility.

My Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture treatments typically last up to an hour unless specified in the sections below.  A consultation will always be incorporated into a client’s first session, which means that the first session will be slightly longer. 

1. Body Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Clients should eat within two hours before acupuncture because the treatment may lower blood pressure.  It is best to avoid caffeine before treatment and for at least two hours afterwards.  Typically, clients should wear loose, comfortable clothing, which allows for easy access to acupuncture points (e.g. on the arms, legs, and torso).

2. Cosmetic or Facial Acupuncture (to help reduce lines, wrinkles and blemishes)

We all want to stay looking as youthful and vibrant for as long as is realistically possible. Stress, diet and environmental factors can have a detrimental effect on the skin and may accelerate the signs of ageing, in the form of lines, wrinkles and sagging.

Lifestyle factors that can impact on skin, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Being out in the sun, particularly 11am – 3pm, when the sun is most damaging
  • Sun beds
  • Lack of adequate hydration
  • Stress factors.

With facial acupuncture, the same principles as above apply as with body acupuncture. It’s also best to ensure that you arrive in good time for the appointment, so that – as best as possible – you can be relaxed for the start of the treatment.  Cosmetic acupuncture combines using body acupuncture points, which help with constitutional issues, as well as targeting certain areas of the face, which you are seeking to improve.

10-036Cosmetic acupuncture is also known as ‘facial rejuvenation’ and sometimes is referred to as a non-surgical face-lift.  People are considering this ancient system of healing instead of surgery, botox and chemical peels, because it is free from side-effects and is more about health than beauty. 

Cosmetic acupuncture helps eliminate fine lines and makes deeper lines look softer.  It can minimise dark circles, puffy eyes and sagging skin and aide collagen and elastin induction, which keeps skin firm.  There is a localised increase in circulation promoting oxygenation of cells, which nourishes the skin and keeps acne under control. This gives skin a natural healthy glow. It is a drug-free and injection free treatment, with no risks, side effects or down time.  

Celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cher have been reported to be fans of cosmetic acupuncture. Results are visible usually after a course of treatments, usually around 12 sessions.  As with all holistic treatments, results are not seen overnight.

Benefits:

  • Reduced wrinkles and frown lines
  • Improved local circulation to the face improving complexion
  • Acne prone skin kept under control
  • Overall rejuvenation that isn’t just confined to the face

3. Ear Acupuncture (group sessions)

Doing ear acupuncture on a 1:1 basis is generally not cost effective for the individual.  However, I can offer ear acupuncture to small groups (3-6 people) lasting between 20 minutes and one hour for each person.  Because I can treat multiple people at the same time, in the same place, this can be a very cost effective way of receiving regular acupuncture.  This type of acupuncture is known as “five point” (or NADA) protocol because each person has needles put into the same five points. These points help take the body out of the ‘fight or flight’ mode and helps to promote relaxation.

4. NADA Ear Acupuncture Training

I am a qualified ear acupuncture trainer for NADA GB (the National Acupuncture Detox Association) which is the leading UK training provider for ear acupuncture. (http://www.nadagbacupuncture.co.uk/).  Whilst based in the UK, NADA ear acupuncture is used all over the world and has been used to help treat post traumatic situations, e.g. after 9/11 in America, and more recently, Grenfell in the UK.

The ear acupuncture training is carried out in group sessions and lasts four days in total.

5. Cupping (to promote circulation and remove toxins)

Cupping is another aspect of a Chinese medicine that I sometimes use with acupuncture, or as a standalone treatment.  Cups are placed on the skin and the air inside them are removed. This promotes circulation, relieves pain and removes toxins from tissues. Cupping is used for back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, migraines, fatigue, colds and flu and even to help reduce cellulite. 

Cupping can cause the skin to turn red, or purple temporarily, particularly if there is an issue in the area. However, these marks only last for a few days and no more than a fortnight. 

Cupping has featured in the media since a number of Olympic athletes used them on their shoulders and back as a quick and very effective method for relieving tension (e.g. Michael Phelps) as well as being used by a number of celebrities (e.g. Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham).

Additional Information

Electroacupuncture

For some treatments, I may use electroacupuncture, which is where electrodes are attached to the acupuncture needles and a series of high and low frequency currents stimulates the needles.  Whilst this might sound scary, clients tend to find the experience very relaxing. This tends to be for more chronic conditions, where there is an accumulation of qi, and blood is not moving efficiently through the area.  This can be a very effective form of treatment, e.g. for sports injuries. 

Moxibustion

Also, I may Moxibustion to get heat into the body to stimulate circulation and boost immunity. It is a warming treatment and is helpful for arthritic conditions, which worsen in the cold and damp weather.  It can be used for chronic deficiencies; fatigue; IBS disorders;  women’s health / fertility; sperm motility and impotence. Moxa should not be used for anyone experiencing “night sweats”.The treatment involves the use of the herb Mugwort. It can be applied directly by placing a small cone on a piece of Ginger, which in turn is put on the skin, or indirectly, by holding a Moxa Stick over an acupuncture point until it gets hot, or is placed on the end of a needle and lit.