Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of many conditions. The British Acupuncture Council have prepared a range of fact sheets summarising recent research, available here. Because it is tailored to the needs of the individual patient, Acupuncture is suitable for all ages. Acupuncture is safe for use in pregnancy.
I work with a range of conditions:
Pain management - most types of pain conditions, from chronic pain and neuropathic pain conditions, to acute pain such as sports injury.
Internal ailments - such as Headaches and Migraine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Hay fever, Stress/Anxiety/Depression, Insomnia, Women's Health (PMS/Period problems), weakened Immune System, Thyroid disorders, Circulatory problems, Pregnancy/Labour induction, Fertility and IVF.
An important aspect of Chinese medicine is maintaining health (balance), before the illness (or imbalance) occurs. Acupuncture can form a wonderful adjunct to sustaining health and wellbeing, or enhancing sports performance.
What to expect from an Acupuncture appointment
At the first appointment we will go through a full consultation. This helps me to get to know you and your health needs, including having a look at your tongue and checking your pulse.
During treatment you may be lying on a treatment couch or sitting in a chair. You do not need to remove clothing - wearing loose comfortable clothes is helpful. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine - there is often little sensation, which patients have described as a dull 'tingle' or 'buzzing' feeling. They are usually left in for 20 minutes, during which time you simply relax. We may also work with cupping (a treatment that works with suction on the surface of the skin), electroacupuncture (electronic stimulation of acupuncture points) or Moxibustion (the use of smouldering moxa, or mugwort, near to the skin to warm specific areas of the body), depending on your needs. After treatment you may feel particularly relaxed - many patients report feeling 'lighter' - or tired. This is perfectly natural.
For more information on Chinese Medicine, and how Acupuncture works, head over to the 'FAQ' page.