ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

 

Laura is currently on maternity leave and will be back in February 2021.

Acupuncture is an ancient medical and health treatment system which was originally documented in China and has its roots in Taoist Philosophy. Early written evidence of acupuncture dates back 2000 years in China and the first archaeological evidence of acupuncture to Europe, some 5000 years ago. Today it is estimated that there are 3 million acupuncture practitioners worldwide. It can treat existing illnesses, assist in illness management and also be invaluable in protecting and maintaining good strong health throughout life.

 

Acupuncture is based on Yin Yang philosophy and the theory that Qi energy flows through a network of connected channels in the body, providing health, well-being and vitality. In a normal healthy person Qi flows strongly, smoothly and freely however if this flow of Qi energy becomes hindered or blocked then the symptoms of ill health can occur.  A blockage of energy could occur through a physical injury, repetitive movement through work or a hobby, long-term stress, poor diet, lack of exercise or emotional pressure & shocks. An acupuncturist works to free blocked Qi energy in the channels of the body and this then allows the body to start to heal itself, physically, mentally and spiritually, returning it to balance, good health and well-being.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?


From a physiological viewpoint, acupuncture works by using acupuncture needles to
stimulate key points on the peripheral nervous system. This sends signals up the spine to
the brain upon receiving these signals, the brain then triggers a series of reactions
influencing the production of the body’s communication substances – hormones and
neurotransmitters in order to decrease pain, relax the muscles, increase range of motion
and increase blood flow to the painful area. The resulting biochemical changes activate
the body’s self-regulating homoeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities
and promoting physical and emotional well-being.




STYLES OF ACUPUNTURE


Laura integrates two styles of acupuncture in her practice: Five Element and Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM):
FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE
Within Five Element acupuncture, your individual constitution will resonate most
strongly with one of nature’s five archetypal forces: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.
One of these will describe your essential self.
Five Element acupuncture can adjust the balance of your body, mind and spirit, and help
to address your core issues.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
This approach uses acupuncture, to harmonise your organ functions and musculoskeletal
system, to treat specific symptoms and conditions.




BENEFITS OF ACUPUNTURE


Many people have acupuncture to treat digestive conditions, mental and emotional
disorders, cardiovascular conditions, respiratory disorders, gynaecological conditions and
infertility, addictions, fatigue and tiredness, musculo-skeletal conditions, back pain,
relationship issues, stress and insomnia, hair loss and premature ageing. Other people
choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they
have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it very
beneficial and relaxing.




CONDITIONS TREATED


There is a growing body of evidence-based clinical research which is discovering how the
body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health
conditions including:
 Acne
 Anxiety
 Asthma
 Back pain
 Cancer care
 Chronic fatigue
 Colds and flu
 Cystitis
 Dementia
 Depression
 Eczema
 Endometriosis
 Fertility

 Fibromyalgia
 Frozen shoulder
 Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders
 Gout
 Headaches
 Herpes
 Infertility
 Insomnia
 Irritable bowel syndrome
 Menopausal symptoms
 Migraines
 Multiple Sclerosis
 Osteoarthritis
 Parkinsons Disease
 PCOS
 Post-operative pain
 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Premenstrual syndrome
 Rheumatoid Arthritis
 Sciatica
 Sports Injuries
 Stress
 Substance Misuse
 Tennis Elbow
 Vertigo




OTHER TECHNIQUES USED


The treatment of specific points or areas may be supplemented with different techniques:
MOXIBUSTION
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of
mugwort – on specific acupuncture points to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been
used throughout Asia for thousands of years. It is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate
the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.
GUASHA
Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. It is a form of massage that uses a
flat edged tool to release muscle tension and promote the movement of blood and Qi in an
area.

CUPPING
Cupping is a technique used around the world in many different traditions. A vacuum is
created inside a clean glass cup, which is placed on the skin to release toxins and promote
the movement of Qi and blood around the body.
TUI NA
Tui Na is a Chinese massage therapy used to treat chronic pain, especially that caused by
muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries. It is, however, impossible to treat a specific
condition with Tui Na without improving the overall Qi status of the body. This means
that a whole range of physical and emotional problems can also be treated.





HOW DOES IT WORK?


From a physiological viewpoint, acupuncture works by using acupuncture needles to
stimulate key points on the peripheral nervous system. This sends signals up the spine to
the brain upon receiving these signals, the brain then triggers a series of reactions
influencing the production of the body’s communication substances – hormones and
neurotransmitters in order to decrease pain, relax the muscles, increase range of motion
and increase blood flow to the painful area. The resulting biochemical changes activate
the body’s self-regulating homoeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities
and promoting physical and emotional well-being.




STYLES OF ACUPUNTURE


Laura integrates two styles of acupuncture in her practice: Five Element and Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM):
FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE
Within Five Element acupuncture, your individual constitution will resonate most
strongly with one of nature’s five archetypal forces: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.
One of these will describe your essential self.
Five Element acupuncture can adjust the balance of your body, mind and spirit, and help
to address your core issues.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
This approach uses acupuncture, to harmonise your organ functions and musculoskeletal
system, to treat specific symptoms and conditions.




BENEFITS OF ACUPUNTURE


Many people have acupuncture to treat digestive conditions, mental and emotional
disorders, cardiovascular conditions, respiratory disorders, gynaecological conditions and
infertility, addictions, fatigue and tiredness, musculo-skeletal conditions, back pain,
relationship issues, stress and insomnia, hair loss and premature ageing. Other people
choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they
have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it very
beneficial and relaxing.




CONDITIONS TREATED


There is a growing body of evidence-based clinical research which is discovering how the
body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health
conditions including:
 Acne
 Anxiety
 Asthma
 Back pain
 Cancer care
 Chronic fatigue
 Colds and flu
 Cystitis
 Dementia
 Depression
 Eczema
 Endometriosis
 Fertility

 Fibromyalgia
 Frozen shoulder
 Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders
 Gout
 Headaches
 Herpes
 Infertility
 Insomnia
 Irritable bowel syndrome
 Menopausal symptoms
 Migraines
 Multiple Sclerosis
 Osteoarthritis
 Parkinsons Disease
 PCOS
 Post-operative pain
 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Premenstrual syndrome
 Rheumatoid Arthritis
 Sciatica
 Sports Injuries
 Stress
 Substance Misuse
 Tennis Elbow
 Vertigo




OTHER TECHNIQUES USED


The treatment of specific points or areas may be supplemented with different techniques:
MOXIBUSTION
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of
mugwort – on specific acupuncture points to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been
used throughout Asia for thousands of years. It is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate
the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.
GUASHA
Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. It is a form of massage that uses a
flat edged tool to release muscle tension and promote the movement of blood and Qi in an
area.

CUPPING
Cupping is a technique used around the world in many different traditions. A vacuum is
created inside a clean glass cup, which is placed on the skin to release toxins and promote
the movement of Qi and blood around the body.
TUI NA
Tui Na is a Chinese massage therapy used to treat chronic pain, especially that caused by
muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries. It is, however, impossible to treat a specific
condition with Tui Na without improving the overall Qi status of the body. This means
that a whole range of physical and emotional problems can also be treated.





Acupuncture diagnosis works to locate and treat the root cause of any ill health or imbalance, not simply treating the symptoms of illness. Fine, sterilised, single use needles are inserted to stimulate delicate points on the body to assist in correcting any imbalance.As well as the use of needles a range of other techniques may be used during a treatment, such as tui na (Chinese remedial massage techniques), cupping therapy (glass jars placed on the body with suction which are especially effective at promoting blood flow in an area, releasing muscle spasms and reinvigorating areas of intense muscular pain), moxibustion (the use of a herb called moxa (commonly known as mugwort) which is an invaluable technique for warming and nourishing the body in certain conditions) and acupressure (pressure applied instead of needles to stimulate acupuncture points, particularly usefulfor nervous patients and children).

 

Acupuncture can make an excellent contribution to the promotion of sustained good health and well being at any stage of life. Acupuncture is natural, effective and of benefit to everyone.

"Highly recommend going to see Laura for any problem you might have that Western medicine isn’t helping with. Cannot believe the difference in only one session."

Our therapies are not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor and are not to be used as a substitute for seeking medical attention

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