Acupuncture

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic treatment which has been tried and tested for thousands of years in Chinese and other Eastern cultures. It is now used and accepted all over the World to help restore, promote and maintain good health. In the UK there are currently around 3000 Acupuncturists registered with the British Acupuncture Council.

There are several styles of Acupuncture, the most common being Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). The simplest way of explaining it is that good health depends on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi, being available to move smoothly through a series of channels which run beneath the skin. The amount and flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors- emotional states such as anxiety, anger, sadness; poor nutrition; infections; hereditary factors; trauma and lifestyle. When the Qi is deficient or stuck, then illness may result.

The Acupuncturist spends time questioning the patient about their presenting condition, medical history, digestive system, sleep pattern, diet and emotional state. In addition they will observe the tongue (to record colour, coat, cracks etc) and feel the pulse on several positions and depths, all of which allows them to reach a TCM diagnosis and select appropriate points to needle along the channels of energy. This will stimulate the body’s healing capacity to restore balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of the condition as well as the symptoms in order for resolution to take place.

WHO HAS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and can help with specific symptoms or simply to help boost the body if you are feeling generally tired or unwell. It is also used by some to promote well- being and prevent ill health. People see an Acupuncturist for almost any condition, from infertility to IBS to back pain. It may be used as a stand alone treatment or as an adjunct to conventional medicine. Conditions commonly encountered are:

  • Pain- anywhere in the body including muscular, headache and migraine, period pain, trauma and neuralgic pain.
  • Psychological related conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia.
  • Menstrual issues such as PMS, irregular or lack of periods as well as help in trying to conceive, alongside IVF or to maintain health during pregnancy.
  • Digestive complaints such as IBS, nausea, constipation.
  • Allergic conditions including asthma, hay fever and skin complaints.

Frequency and number of treatments vary and depend on the individual condition. The acupuncturist will probably want to see you weekly to begin with so as to achieve a good response (in China it is commonly given on a daily basis). Some change is usually felt after five or six treatments, and in some cases only one or two treatments are required. Chronic conditions may take several months.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, ranging in width from 0.14mm to 0.25mm and they are not inserted deeply. A guide tube is used for easy, quick and generally painless insertion. The needle connects with the Qi and this is generally felt as a momentary dull ache, heavy, spreading feeling or tingling. Depending on the diagnosis certain other techniques may be used to enhance the treatment such as electro-acupuncture, moxibustion (where a herb is burned on top of the needle), cupping or massage. The practitioner may suggest some lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or meditation.

The needles are sterile, single-use and disposed in a sharps bin and remain inserted for around twenty minutes, during which the majority of people feel very relaxed and rested. The person may feel slightly tired after treatment but this is generally short-lived. On occasion there may be minor bruising at a point.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Geraldine graduated with a first class BSc. Honours degree in Acupuncture from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, which was a three year course incorporating full training in TCM, Acupuncture as well as comprehensive teaching in anatomy, physiology and pathology. Consequently she has gained professional registration with the British Acupuncture Council, which has a strict code of practice and ethics. Geraldine will continue to develop as a practitioner by undertaking continuing professional development each year.

Acupuncture is available from Doctors and Physiotherapists, many of whom undertake much shorter courses specifically aimed at simple treatments for specific conditions. In this case Acupuncture will be used as an adjunct treatment and will not incorporate TCM diagnosis to give a rounded treatment aimed at balancing the person as a whole.

COSTS

Initial consultation including treatment is £45 for approx 90 mins

Subsequent treatments are £35 for approx 60 mins

If you require further information or wish to make an appointment please contact Geraldine.