Treating with Acupuncture

Acupuncture for pain relief.

Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & has a history that dates back thousands of years. It has also been adopted by many other Eastern healthcare systems over the centuries and there is a growing database of evidence to support the benefits of acupuncture for numerous conditions.

Traditional Acupuncturists train for a minimum of 2-3 years to understand the subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries within TCM. We view the body as a whole with mental, emotional and physical symptoms seen as inter-dependant on each other. So often we have many symptoms that seem unrelated, but Chinese medicine has a wonderful way of connecting the dots and being able to understand how one issue may lead to another.

By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of energy to trigger the body's natural healing response & restore balance. This is done by sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. 

TCM aims to not only relieve the symptoms but to also treat the root cause of disease and to ultimately restore balance to the body as a whole. Focus is placed on the individual & not their illness with all the symptoms viewed in relation to each other.

Pain Acupuncture Leeds

How do we treat pain?

For pain management, I use a special 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.


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. You may wish to save money by paying upfront with the block booking option.