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. 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.
TCM is one of the original forms of "Functional Medicine" as it aims to not only relieve the symptoms but to also treat the root cause of disease. The fundamental aim of acupuncture is to 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.
Each patient is unique & two people with the same western diagnosis may receive completely different treatments that have been tailored to their specific needs.
By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of energy to restore balance & trigger the body's natural healing response. This is done by sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.
This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. These naturally released substances are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and a course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used. The frequency of treatments required is dependant on the severity of the symptoms and the condition being treated but patients should expect to need 3-6 treatments weekly or fortnightly. It is recommended that both male & female fertility patients will require 10-12 weekly sessions initially. Contact us to discuss your case in more detail.
In severe cases 1-2 treatments a week may be recommended initially to reduce symptoms such as pain. Other conditions may only require treatment every few weeks. Acupuncture can be a useful tool in managing the symptoms of many long term chronic illnesses.
An initial acupuncture session usually lasts 90 mins for adults and 1 Hr for children. It involves an assessment of your general health, medical history and a physical examination, followed by insertion of the acupuncture needles.
During the session, you'll usually be asked to lie down either face down or on your back. Occasionally you may also be asked to remove some clothes so the practitioner can access certain parts of your body, such as the upper back. It is advisable to wear loose fitting clothes that can be rolled up to the elbow and knees and gentlemen may prefer to bring shorts.
Acupuncture practitioners choose specific points to place the needles based on your condition. Several points may be used during a typical session, depending on the number of symptoms you have.
ACUPUNCTURE SAFETY & REGULATION
There is no statutory regulation in the UK for acupuncturists so it is important that patients check the qualifications and affiliations of anyone they are seeking treatment from. When done by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is generally very safe and only very mild side effects are seen in less than 3% of patients such as drowsiness, bruising & occasional faintness.
The largest voluntary regulatory body within the UK is the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and all its members must have trained to Lic Ac. or Degree level in Traditional Chinese Medicine to become a member. Members will have MBAcC after their name. There are other associations so it is important to check the practitioner.
New Patient Consultations
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You will receive an email with a link to an online health questionnaire. The more detail you can give me upfront, the more time we have for treatment on the day.
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes to your appointment.
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I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and a student member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP).
The Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) is a professional association representing Naturopathic Therapists. Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism. It uses natural therapies such as Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Physical Manipulations, Colonic Irrigation, Fasting, Exercise and others, following Naturopathic principles. These principles are kept in mind when a Naturopath takes a case, develops treatment plans and offers maintenance for long term term good health.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are committed to ensuring all patients receive the highest standard of professional care during their acupuncture treatment. Our Code of Professional Conduct governs ethical and professional behaviour, while the Code of Safe Practice sets benchmark standards for best practice in acupuncture. All BAcC members are bound by these codes.
All members of the BAcC can offer you the following assurances:
- BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)
- Compliance with current UK health and safety legislation
- Full medical malpractice and public liability insurance cover
- Compliance with BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct
- Acupuncturists registered with the BAcC carry the letters MBAcC after their name.
"Thank you, Lindsay, for a wonderful and very helpful treatment! Lindsay takes her time to ask you all around your problems, health and personal circumstances. The acupuncture was very helpful for my anxieties and back pain. But she gave me a lot handy tips for my everyday life and explained how the energy in the body is working. She is a very lovely and patient person and you feel that you are in good hands. Can't rate her highly enough."