Chinese Acupuncture Wetherby

Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago is now practised across the globe.  

 

The focus is on the individual, rather than an isolated complaint. The physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are seen as interdependent. The mind-body is seen as a whole system and understanding the relationship between the various parts is central to making a diagnosis and treatment plan. The focus is on the whole individual rather than a particular sign or symptom in isolation.  

Acupuncturists use subtle diagnostic techniques, such taking the pulse and observing the tongue, that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. We may also use other techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, tuina/massage, and guasha. 

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What can acupuncture treat?

There is a growing evidence base for the use of acupuncture for many conditions such as:

  • Pain management

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Arthritic conditions

  • Eczema & Psoriasis

  • Stress reduction

  • Sleep disorders

  • Menopause

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Digestive issues

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Colds & Flu

  • Parkinson's disease

  • and much more...

How does acupuncture work?

Mental health

  • Reducing the stress response

  • Regulating levels of mood hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine & GABA

Mobility & Pain

  • Stimulating production of endogenous opioids to reduce pain

  • Reducing inflammation & swelling & promoting muscle relaxation

  • Providing pain relief by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues

  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation

Sleep

  • Reducing insomnia by increasing melatonin secretion

  • Increase relaxation and decrease stress to promote sleep. 

  • Reduce pain that may interrupt sleep

Digestion

  • Balancing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive function.

  • Effective in a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders including nausea and vomiting, functional disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and diarrhoea), peptic ulcer disease, Crohn's disease, postoperative ileus, and even gall stone disease.

Fertility

  • Regulating fertility hormones

  • Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs

  • Increasing egg production

  • Enhancing luteal function

  • Promoting embryo implantation

& much more...

Acupuncture for Pain
Pain Acupuncture Leeds

Acupuncture for Pain Management

For pain management, I use a specialised style of acupuncture called Dr. Tan Balance Method. This approach can yield results much faster than other traditional methods and it is reported that 85% of patients get success with many stating as much as a 50% reduction in pain within one treatment. For longer term pain relief, a course of treatment is required.

This technique varies to usual acupuncture methods as rather than placing needles at the site of the pain which can aggravate injuries, it uses points that may seem completely unrelated. For example, to treat ankle pain we may needle the wrist or to treat hip pain we may needle the shoulder. Rather than using points that we have been taught have a certain action, instead I use my sense of touch and palpate the body. Areas that are tender to my touch indicate where the needles should be placed. Seems crazy right, but actually there is some serious theory behind this method and the results speak for themselves as often within minutes we can see a change in the sensation of the pain.

One way to think of this technique is to consider a light bulb, the switch is rarely located near the actual bulb itself. In a similar way, I am feeling for the bodies light switches in order to stimulate the flow of energy to the where the pain is. This method can be used to treat headaches, joint pains, to speed recovery from an injury, back pain and much more, even some of the symptoms of menopause.

TREATMENT FREQUENCY

The Balance Method is different because instead of it being treated once a week, it is recommend to have 2-3 treatments per week. Overall the number of treatments may be similar but by using this approach we bring pain relief within weeks rather than months. After your initial appointment, it is recommended to book your next 3-4 sessions in advance to ensure consistency to your treatment. In return for your commitment, you get a £5 discount for each of these treatments.