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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of treatment, using needles to stimulate the body's energy. An acupuncturist will aim to improve the body's natural healing mechanisms, without using drugs.

Acupuncture Philosophy

Acupuncturists believe that you have energy in your body. This is called qi or chi. It runs in channels, called meridians in the surface of the body.

At certain points this energy is more easily accessible. When the flow of energy is disturbed or interrupted, "disease" results.

Acupuncturists use these points to change the energy in the body, and restore health by re-establishing the normal flow of energy. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy. As such it aims to treat the whole person, rather than just the symptoms. As with the Osteopathy, advice can be given about diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise.

What else can Acupuncture treat?

With my recent training, i have seen acupuncture used successfully for the treatment of pain or almost any description so if other forms of therapy havent worked for you, Acupuncture with us would be a good option to consider.

There are a lot of conditions for which acupuncture is believed to be of benefit, and for which it has been used for maybe thousands of years. However, we are not allowed to advertise these. Remember, Acupuncture has been around for about 4 THOUSAND years, and as such has had the longest and largest clinical trial in history.. If it hadn't worked, it wouldn't still be around.. Now this is only my opinion, but it makes sense that if it has stayed around for millennia and is still going strong, it must be doing something right!

The only thing that got in the way with its development was the Cultural Revolution in China where the State sought to eradicate traditional therapy. In the middle ages, when women used herbs, the forerunner of modern medicines, they were drowned or burned at the stake as witches. We are possibly living in similar times.

I was asked a few years ago to treat a lady who was going through "the change". It wasn't an area of expertise for me, but I often start treatments with a general balance before getting to the specific complaint. Most people are now so out of balance that any kind of corrective measures will create massive improvements in their symptoms. So it proved to be with this lady.

With ONLY ONE treatment she showed massive improvements. Her night sweats improved and almost disappeared overnight. Her 4 friends that came in on her recommendation also all responded in like fashion and so has almost everyone else. To be perfectly honest, it was a much better response than I expected. One of my friends came in and took 4-5 sessions, which I think is more realistic, but the average is still good.

it is my belief, that if you are suffering from any sort of period pains or menopausal symptoms, this could very well help you ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. Why put up with the hot flushes and sweats? Give us a call and see if we can help. I often say that I cant increase how long you live, but I can make what you do have a lot more pleasant!! Is it Safe?

Because of the fear of AIDS and other diseases, people are worried about needles. For that reason we use pre-sterilised disposable needles. These are used only once and then disposed of. There is no risk of catching AIDS or any other disease from the treatment. Acupuncture also has few, if any side effects.

Does the treatment hurt?

The initial insertion of the needles can be slightly painful.

Achieving the "needling sensation" (a dull ache, or itch) can be painful, but it is an indication that the treatment is actually doing something.

Acupuncture needles are very fine so once they are inserted you will hardly notice them unless you move. We recommend you dont move once the needles are in.

What will happen on my first visit?

On your first visit, we need to assess your general health in order to identify the major issues, and underlying conditions and so give you the most effective treatment.. We ask about your current problems, and symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history sleeping patterns and emotional state. We may also ask about your family and your diet, stress factors, and other areas that may be relevant (but which don't always seem to have a link!). After we have gathered enough information about your general and specific issues, we can select the most effective points to use. Energies are flowing in your body along meridians. We will often check your pulses on both wrists, to determine the quality, rhythm and strength. We will also look at your tongue to get a better idea of your general health.

We do this so that, using the combination of the history, pulse and tongue, we can get an overview, and specific ideas about what is happening in your body- where there are restrictions, blockages and disruptions. We gather information to create a picture of the state of your health and which areas need correcting and adjusting to improve your health and well-being. Acupuncture may affect the functioning of the organs of the body. the points used are often not close to the site of the problem, or the organ that is being treated. This is quite normal.

There are around 500 such acupuncture points on the body. A properly trained and experienced acupuncturist will use a selection of these for each treatment. Different points may be selected as your condition changes during a course of treatment We mostly use points in the arms and legs, so loose comfortable clothing will make the process easier for both the therapist and you!!. We do on occasion use points in the body so please be aware of this.

What does it feel like?

ITS NOT THAT BAD!! Acupuncture needles are NOT the same as the needles used for injections.. they are solid and very very fine. You often don't feel anything as the needle goes in but may feel a small pin-prick. Once the needle is is, some sensations may be experienced- from itching, to a tingling or a dull ache.a warm glow is also a common sensation.

We usually leave the needles in place for 20-40 minutes depending on the effect required. While the needles are in you will often feel a heaviness in the limbs or very relaxed. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. You may also find that you have increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall well-being.

How Soon Does it Work?

Treatments can be effective quickly or may take several sessions depending on both the individual and imbalance.

If you are Giving up Smoking for example, you may find it helpful to have 2-3 treatments in the first week to give you more support in the initial stages, then once a week / month may be enough to maintain the effects.

Ear Detox Treatment

What Does it Do?

Ear Acupuncture has been used to assist people with drug detox- alcohol, smoking and other substances. We also use it to assist as part of a weight control program, while we then give you further advice on nutrition, eating and dieting.

Ear Acupuncture can help to relax your mind, body and spirit. Because of that it is very effective at giving you an oasis of calm in an otherwise pressured and stressful life.

According to the current guidelines we are not allowed to make claims that are not supported by clinical evidence, and currently this has not been a proven form of treatment. Despite that, it is used in many alcohol and drug centres around the world and the reports of its effectiveness mean that it has the potential to be a valuable alternative to drug therapy. If this is something you are considering, you may want to try the medical alternatives first. What Happens in a Treatment?

A consultation will be carried out so that the therapy can be individually adjusted to suit you.

Approximately five small sterile needles will be inserted in one or both ears. we may insert a few other needles in selected points in your hands and feet if you are ok with that. These are then left in place for approximately 20-40 minutes whilst you relax!

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Recently Glenn has done a course of training in facial enhancement acupuncture- acupuncture facelifts.

There are no side effects!

Famous Celebrities who are reported to have used this are: - Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow....

EVERY patient we have treated has felt and seen a massive improvement, so if you want to avoid the worry of botox and its other side effects, why not BOOK IN!

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