One of the many beautiful things about acupuncture is that it treats each person individually, treating factors that have led to an imbalance as well as the symptoms, bringing about a feeling of positive change and well being.
Acupuncture uses the insertion of ultra-fine sterile needles into specific points to stimulate the circulation of energy, blood and fluids around the body. Everybody wonders if it hurts – it doesn’t! Often a gentle sensation is felt, described as a tingling or radiating warmth.
Ancient Chinese medicine mapped out the pathways of energy or ‘Qi’ that circulate around the body, much in the same way as blood. Acupuncture points are places along the pathways where it is most effective to stimulate the flow of energy. Acupuncture regains the natural balance of your body’s energies, by moving it where blocked or strengthening it when it is weak.
What to expect..
In your first treatment you will spend up to an hour talking about your health, I will also look at your tongue and take your pulse. This will help to form your unique diagnosis and treatment plan. Needles are often placed on the limbs or on the back while the person lies down on a comfortable couch.
Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for emotional problems such as anxiety, worry and depression. Patients often talk about feeling tired and sluggish or on the other end of the spectrum feeling restless, acupuncture aims to return the patient to feeling ‘well in themselves’ often accompanied by an increased sense of vitality and energy.
Woman’s menstrual cycles, fertility and labour
Acupuncture can help regulate women’s menstrual cycles, alleviating pain and smoothing emotional changes.
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and offers women relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy; studies have shown it reduces nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture can be used to help promote a smooth labour.
Headaches and Migraines
Other conditions which respond well to acupuncture and often accompany stress are hypertension, headaches, migraines and insomnia.
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Acupuncture can be helpful in a wide variety of digestive and bowel problems. In cases such as anaemia or tiredness acupuncture can help support the body to assimilate nutrition from the food in order to build blood.
Creating Mental and Emotional Wellness
Acupuncture can help us through emotional distress or upheaval in our lives. Life events can trigger unexpected feelings such as depression or panic attacks. Chinese medicine offers a natural way to treat the root of the problem.
Acupuncture also supports people during serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recovery is often possible. Acupuncture is a safe treatment alongside medical treatment and is confidential.
Acupuncture offers relief from pain and there is a great deal of scientific evidence now showing its effectiveness in treating back pain.
Bethan’s unique approach to muscular skeletal problems combines her sensitivity of touch and channel palpation. This informs her diagnosis as well as encouraging blood and qi circulation. She uses her massage skills from Shiatsu (Japanese massage of the meridians and points), and Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) to relax the muscles and allow joints space and movement; she combines this with acupuncture to strongly move the blocked energy.
In Chinese medicine when the circulation of motivational energy or ‘qi’ and blood become obstructed the person experiences pain, this is shown in the Chinese proverb:
“No flow pain, flow no pain.”
Some of types of muscular skeletal conditions that acupuncture can help include frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, back pain and sciatica.
Scientific research on acupuncture for specific conditions can be found on The British Acupuncture Council website: www.acupuncture.org.uk.
Safe alongside conventional treatment
Acupuncture is safe alongside conventional medical treatment. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, though your doctor should always be consulted regarding any change of prescription.
Acupuncture may support conventional medical treatments for cancer by helping the body eliminate toxins as well as relief from pain, nausea and vomiting and fatigue. Treatment is aimed at helping the body regain its natural state of balance and free flow of energy, but it can also be immensely helpful to a person’s emotional journey through their treatment.
Initial sessions are an hour an a half and cost £50
Treatments after that are 45 minutes and cost £45.
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