TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture can be beneficial on a mental, emotional and physical level. Treatment is focused on specific points along ‘meridians’ of the body where Qi (vital energy) flows. By regulating its flow, the body becomes balanced making acupuncture an effective therapy for wellbeing.
Our TCM practitioners are fully qualified licensed acupuncturists and members of the British Acupuncture Council.
Each year 2.3 million traditional acupuncture treatments are carried out in the UK, making this one of the most popular complementary therapies. People seek acupuncture for a variety of conditions, from chronic illness to part of a health maintenance regime.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
Research shows that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions such as Allergic Rhinitis, Anxiety Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders, Gout, Headache/Migraine, Hypertension, Infertility, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Menopausal Symptoms, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Stress, Type II Diabetes to name a few.
Other therapies our acupuncturists use include
What to expect in your initial Acupuncture consultation
Information including current signs and symptoms, full medical history, digestive system, circulatory system, sleeping patterns, diet & lifestyle will be taken to facilitate a treatment plan designed specifically for you.
As part of the overall diagnosis, looking at your tongue in addition to feeling pulses on both wrists will be included.
How many treatments do you need?
The amount of treatments required depends entirely on the condition being treated. Patients are normally seen once a week to begin with. Change is commonly felt by the patient within five or six treatments, although at times just one or two treatments suffice.
As a guide, acute conditions could require only a few sessions, whereas chronic conditions may take longer to improve.
When acupuncture needles are inserted, you may feel a dull ache, tingle, warmth or pulling sensation. All needles are single-use, sterile and disposable.
As points most commonly used are located on the lower arms and legs, it is useful to wear loose, comfortable clothing.