What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing, it is part of  a system of healing which originated in China thousands of years ago. Initially acupuncture  was practiced by monks and warriors, then it found its way into imperial courts to become the medicine of emperors. The very fact that acupuncture is still being practiced in the 21st century is a testament to its strengths as a system . In China today, patients are offered both western medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal medicine . As a complementary medicine acupuncture it is growing in the Western medical system. There is currently a growing  evidence based research system on the efficacy of acupuncture. In some clinical trials acupuncture has outperformed conventional medicine.  In other trials research shows how  acupuncture has  worked successfully alongside western medicine.

During the Golden Age of Chinese thought, (before 200 BC approx), The Yellow Emperor’s Classic, The Nei Jing, was written. This book explains, how to live a life in harmony with the laws of The Universe. It examines at great length the function of the human body, bodily diseases, and their causes. In the Nei Jing, which is still referred to today, the meridian theory, on which the whole of acupuncture is based, is set out, explaining the flow of life energy throughout the body. It explains in detail how an acupuncture treatment can harness this energy and help the body to return to its natural flow. This flow of life energy is known in Chinese terms as Qi. In western terms this is often identified as electro magnetic fields. This Qi circulates from one organ to another along channels and pathways known as meridians. There are twelve principal meridians and eight secondary, feeding these main organs, following a particular route. There is an intricate  acupuncture point system along these meridians which have specific functions, and whose exact location enables the acupuncture practitioner to accurately place the acupuncture needles on the surface of the body.  We now know through scientific research that these pathways exist.

Why choose acupuncture?

 The structure of acupuncture is to treat the body as a dynamic whole, not just from the physical perspective.  To restore life energy to body mind and spirit. Bringing everything back to harmony. An acupuncture practitioner is equally trained to treat the emotional aspect of the person using the models set out in the Chinese texts.  Deeply entrenched in the heart of Chinese Medicine there is a system, a map of the psyche, similar to that of the Chakra System, know as The Five Spirits. This knowledge facilitates the practitioner to go beyond the physical problem and its symptoms. Giving the acupuncture practitioner extra insight into how and why the natural order of the body’s system has broken down. Only then, weighing up the physical, mental and the spiritual, can the practitioner understand the nature of the imbalance and apply the appropriate acupuncture treatment. This complex system of healing takes many years for a practitioner to learn. It then takes many more years in practice to gain experience and wisdom. 



Anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems;  lower back pain, shoulder, hand, neck, leg and hip pain ; sciatica, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, dizziness , migraines and stomach problems are the most usual presenting complaints. Acupuncture gives very effective relief, especially where nerves are trapped. If however there is severe bone or disc degeneration an acupuncturist will more than likely suggest an MRI scan, followed by an orthopaedic consultation.


Acupuncture for irregular periods, PMS, painful periods, heavy bleeding, hot flushes and night sweats and the menopause. Acupuncture also treats a wide variety of fertility problem. Poor Ovarian Reserve, PCOS, Endometriosis, Elevated FSH, Thin Womb Lining, Egg Quality, Unexplained Infertility and Frequent Miscarriages. Patients wishing to enhance their fertility to achieve natural pregnancies or those attending IVF clinics at home or abroad. Frozen embryo transfer.


Emotional and psychological disorders come in many forms. Almost everyone is anxious at some time in their lives. It is when this anxiety, for whatever reason, gets out of control that it becomes a problem. Emotions play a very important part in Chinese Medicine. When treating patients we look at how to support and balance emotional disorders and how to nurture at the deepest level.


Usually follows on from feelings of anxiety, and it can be hard sometimes to beat the pattern of insomnia. Acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in restoring sleep patterns. Acupuncture promotes relaxation and sleep through a complex series of signals, by releasing certain substances in the brain such as serotonin, which enhances sleep.


Gastrointestinal disorders are varied. This is where the practitioner uses her/his considerable skill to restore balance to the system. Problems such as nausea, belching, vomiting, hiccupping, cramps, acid reflux , bloating, IBS and indigestion can treated. These imbalances, according to Chinese Medicine, fall under different categories and can be treated in a variety of different approaches


Symptoms of allergies, asthma, emphysema and bronchitis can be treated effectively by acupuncture and can be given in conjunction with medication. Not only is the functioning of the respiratory system addressed by Chinese Medicine, but the entire body is addressed at the same time.



First there is a consultation..The practitioner takes a detailed medical history and looks at all aspects of the person presenting the problem. Detailed questions are asked in order to build a comprehensive picture of the person as a whole, not just the presenting complaint. The tongue will be looked at also and the pulse taken. Including the consultation, the first visit can take about 90 minutes. A Treatment Plan is drawn up, addressing also other aspects of a person’s life such as diet, exercise and lifestyle.


An acupuncture treatment is based on the practitioner’s findings. The patient lies on a treatment couch and the needles are carefully inserted with speed and efficiency. The atmosphere is calm, relaxed and private.The technology in manufacturing modern acupuncture needles is highly sophisticated. The needles are much finer than those used for hypodermic needles and therefore very little sensation is felt. The needles are disposable and safe.There are no harmful side effects.


It may take several visits to see a significant improvement. Each treatment usually lasts 45 minutes. After a treatment the patient is advised to be careful driving because a treatment usually leaves a patient extremely relaxed and sometimes a little disorientated.


    This includes a full diagnostic profile and 2 acupuncture treatments
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All payments should be made in cash or cheque. Please note that credit cards cannot be accepted.


A 50% of the fee applies for appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.


Most major health insurers will refund part of the treatments, depending on the level of cover.