Acupuncture is the stimulation of body points, using fine needles, to help the body heal itself. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM has been around for over 2,000 years.
Pain and illness is a sign of the body being out of balance. Acupuncture treatments aim to bring the body back to balance and health. Evidence-based clinical research is growing and shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a number of common health conditions.
A recent review of the acupuncture evidence base found effectiveness in 117 conditions.
“Our study found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing.” (McDonald & Janz, 2017)
As an acupuncture practitioner, I treat everyone as an individual. I take a full case history and establish the Chinese diagnosis. I will then decide on a treatment plan that includes traditional acupuncture, and may include other auxiliary techniques such as auricular acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion & gua sha.
As a qualified acupuncturist, I am licensed and insured. All the acupuncture needles are pre-sterilised, single use and individually wrapped. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council , which requires degree level training and continuous professional development every year. I adhere to the British Acupuncture Council’s Code of Safe Practice and I am a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
If you are new to acupuncture, you may like to view the introducing acupuncture website.
Naturopathy is based on the healing power of nature. The body can heal itself given the right conditions. Naturopathy therapists, along with acupuncture, subscribe to this principle.
As a qualified naturopath, I may suggest the use of techniques including nutrition, exercise, iridology, Bach Flowers and tissue salts, as appropriate.