What we can offer
Acupunture, Engineering Qi, Chinese Deep Therapeutic Massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Fertility. Click below to read more

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Conditions Treated
Our clinic can treat the following conditions: Muscular-Skeletal, Neurological, Dermatological, Internal, Ears, Nose, Throat, Genital - Urinary & Reproductive and much more...

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why might acupuncture be right for you?
Acupuncture has been acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to benefit a variety of illnesses including allergies, anxiety, asthma, coughs, colds and flu, constipation and diarrhoea, depression, gynaecological conditions, insomnia, low immunity, PMS, sciatica.

2. Does It work?
So can acupuncture cure diseases? To a large extent, the answer depends on what condition is being treated. Acupuncure cannot be expected to reverse structural damage that has already occurred. For example, it cannot restore an arthritic joint to normal by reversing arthritic damage, although it may well relieve the pain for long periods. One the other hand, if the problem is one from which the body can, in principle, recover, acupuncture may produce a cure. For example, a pain that is due to an active trigger point, caused perhaps by a sudden strain or an accident, may be permanently relieved by acupuncture.

Apart from its pain relieving qualities, acupuncture is particularly successful when if comes to relieving symptoms of disorders that recur intervals, as, for example, in the case of migraine. Sufferers from such problems can often be helped considerably, and it may be possible to keep the symptoms at bay for long periods, but most will need top-up treatments at intervals; however, these can often be several months apart. Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions from disorders of the mind to infertility, insomnia and ulcers, for example.

3. What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment. You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength.

The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment.

The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn, and you should be aware that the acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.

Stimulation of specific areas on or beneath the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

There are around 500 such acupuncture points on the body, and a properly trained and experienced acupuncturist will use a selection of perhaps ten or twelve of these for each treatment. It is quite usual that, during a course of treatment, different points will be selected as the patients condition changes.

The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body's energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture points include using lasers or electro-acupuncture. Massage, or tapping with a rounded probe, are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.

4. What the consultation will be like?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine a diagnosis is made based on four examinations: observing, hearing and smelling, questioning and touching. Our practitioner will probably ask you a lot of questions about your medical history, digestion, sleeping patterns, diet, your emotions, and your way of life, and will then look at your tongue and take your pulses at both wrists. A practitioner will start with a normal medical consultation, but is likely to carry out a more detailed physical examination than usual, paying particular attention to the presence of trigger points in the muscles and elsewhere.

5. What will I feel?
The amount of pain felt when the needles are inserted varies from person to person: most people feel a small amount of pain similar, or perhaps less in degree to that experienced during a blood test, say though some people feel no pain at all, but acupuncture often gives rise to curious local sensations peculiar to the technique, often described as a tingling sensation or dull ache. Limbs often feel heavy and the patient generally feels relaxed. These sensations are often considered to be confirmation that the treatment is working, though their absence does not men that it is not working.

Sometimes you will feel an immediate reduction in any symptoms, but more often it takes from several hours to several days for the effects of treatment to be felt. And sometimes the condition worsens temporarily before improvement starts. How long the improvement last varies, too. Quite often the improvement brought about by the first treatment lasts for only a short time, but persists for longer after the second treatment, and for longer still after the third, until a plateau of improvement is reached. In an ideal case this represents complete freedom from symptoms, but the plateau may be reached at a partial freedom which is nevertheless worthwhile. And it is quite common, especially in the case of problems of long standing, for patients to remain well for some time but to need follow-up treatments.

The success rate of acupuncture varies according to the kind of problem being treated. About 80% of those with conditions that respond well to acupuncture show good results; with other ailments the success rate may be lower, but treatment may still be worthwhile if little conventional treatment has been effective. And a condition that does not usually respond well to acupuncture may do so if the patient reacts exceptionally well to the treatment.

6. What should I do before treatment?
Try not to have a big meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. Also avoid alcohol and food or drinks which colour your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment.

7. How will I feel after acupuncture?
Usually rather relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong or there may be a short term flair up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself.

8.How many treatments will I need?
This varies between patients. Certainly a course of treatment is required, one off miracle cures are unusual! Some changes either in yourself generally, or in your condition directly should be noticed after 4 - 6 treatments.

9. Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture treatment?
Yes, at least until careful discussion is had with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment - because it does not seem to be working or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.

10. Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is not painless but neither can it be described as painful. Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer, and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling.

11. What about the needles used?
We use single use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of after each treatment.
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