Acupuncture Can Help You
"From Health stems harmony, balance & unity. From disease we suffer discord, chaos and disunity...When there is disunity the human life force signals it’s distress. We see this as pain, anguish, indecision"
J.R Worsley 1973, founder, The College Of Traditional Acupuncture
It can be a challenge in itself to maintain your physical, mental and emotional health and thrive in life even before considering the added stresses of modern living which can further impact your vitality and creative potential. Acupuncture is an holistic and natural system of medicine which works with the body's own natural healing energy to inspire balance and restore health.
Acupuncture works to generally strengthen your entire wellbeing and bodily systems, which makes it suitable for all and it has also been proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of a wide range of medically diagnosed conditions. The World Health Organisation has endorsed acupuncture for treatment of over 180 conditions, including;
- Depression, anxiety and stress
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic and Arthritic Pain
- IBS and other digestive disorders
- Migraines and other types of Headaches
- Skin Conditions such as acne and eczema
- PMS and Menstrual Problems
- Asthma and other respiratory disorders
- Blood Pressure and circulatory problems
- Infertility and pre- and post-natal support
- Hay fever and other allergies
- Withdrawal symptoms from addictive substances such as alcohol & nicotine
Five Elements Acupuncture is powerful as it aims treatment at the underlying cause of symptoms (as opposed to the symptoms alone) which enables an overall renewed sense of vitality and vigour, increased energy, greater enjoyment of life, better sleep and improved digestion.
Five Elements treatment is unique because alongside balancing our 'internal' energies and functions it also considers the relationship we have with the world around us. It works on the principle that true achievement can be seen as balancing all elements that make us who we are; social, professional, personal, home and our state of wellbeing.
Any imbalance can be identified as putting strain upon corresponding functions within the body. The insertion of fine needles into specific points stimulates those organs and functions of the body to regain balance. In addition it works to affect our mental and emotional health; - a great deal of what we experience in our mind and emotions originates from the energy patterns of organs and the emotional effect on the body of experiences that we've been involved in.
Treatment Adapts to Your Needs
Acupuncture treats each patient uniquely, so is adaptable to each person's circumstances. In addition to those seeking help for physical problems, others seek treartment for many other reasons; some come with stress-related disorders or to help manage the effects of mental and emotional conflict in their lives; others because they just don't feel 'right' or have lost touch with a sense of creativity and peace; or some as they see it as essential health maintenance, or just to generate an even greater sense of wellbeing as acupuncture is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
Acupuncture enabes imbalances on any level of our being to heal, as far as nature will allow. With some conditions, treatment is often alongside conventional Western medical treatment that may already be being received.
How Acupuncture Works
From a Chinese Medicine perspective any illness or symptom, on any of those levels, is associated with an imbalance of the person’s vital life energy, or Qi (pronounced Chee).
When the body sends out a distress signal in the form of any symptom, either physically, emotionally or mentally, it is a sign that there is an imbalance of Qi, which must be rebalanced to restore health.
From a Western Medical perspective the basic mechanism of how stimulating points on the body affect our health can be traced back to how we develop from an embryo. As our body grows and develops the nervous system links internal organs to planes of fascia (connective tissue) across the body. These points are quite often within muscle seams or planes of connective tissue. Upon needling these points it influences the cellular activity and the nervous system pathways which link back to the internal organs that correspond to that particular location on the body. Click here to read more about some of the science behind acupuncture.
This also explains the often asked question from patients about why I might be stimulating points on for example the legs in order to treat a condition that may be affecting what might seem a
different and sometimes unrelated part of the body.
For example if someone may have a Stomach condition, I may treat points on the lower leg, where the Stomach channel (or meridian as it is known in Chinese medicine travels to) travels to. Again if you imagine as we develop from an embryo, our legs develop out of the embryo and as they grow they maintain connections in the most part with the organs which sit in the lower part of our torso. So by treating a Stomach point, on for example the foot, it sends a signal back to the underlying organ. This is similarly the case with the arms connecting back to organs which are predominantly in the upper part of the body.
Research and Credibility
In 2002 The World Health Organisation published a report into conditions which have been shown, through controlled trials, to be effectively treated by acupuncture. View the report here.
Acupuncture has also been recently recommended by the National Institute Of Clinical Excellence to become more readily available on the NHS, and a recent study found that acupuncture was more effective for back pain than conventional medicine. Click here for more information.
The British Acupuncture Council website also holds research fact sheets relating to acupuncture treatment for a wide range of conditions, please view here.
Acupuncture is also commonly practiced in mainstream Chinese hospitals, alongside conventional medicine techniques. (It first gained attention in the western world when United States President Nixon visited China in 1972, and one of the travelling reporters had his appendix removed and received acupuncture for post-operative pain relief. He was so impressed that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States).
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