What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural way to promote health and wellbeing through the use of fine needles inserted at specific points on the skin. Inserting needles into the body in this way is considered to help maintain and promote the body's own innate ability to self-regulate.
This is particularly important when these natural mechanisms get thrown out of balance due to lifestyle and environmental factors. If left unchecked, these disturbances may result in pain and disease symptoms, energy depletion and blockage - all of which can lead to reduced wellbeing.
Tried and trusted treatment
Acupuncture originated in China and has been practiced there successfully for more than 2,000 years.* The Chinese considered these self-regulating mechanisms of the body as being activated by a life-giving energy called qi (chi).
Remarkably, this idea is one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese acupuncture, which today continues to be widely practiced in many countries worldwide. Acupuncture therefore draws on a rich clinical tradition using tried and trusted methods and being systematic in its application.
Acupuncture remains a complete system of healing in its own right. Its effectiveness is not simply 'all in the mind' - vets, for example, routinely use acupuncture to treat animals. Acupuncture has definite psychological impacts on the body which are well known to modern medical science. For the latest research on acupuncture, click here to follow this link.
In rarer instances it has been known to revive unconscious people from shock and drowning, for example. Moreover, scientific evidence in recent years has attested to the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture in competent hands.
* See: Lu G-D and Needham J (1980) Celestial Lancets: a History & Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 73-117.
Acupuncture: my personal approach
The approach taken in treatment is geared to resolving underlying health issues. These could well be, in some instances, a core contributing factor to your main symptoms.
Generally speaking, your body is its own expert at keeping healthy. A truly elaborate system is in place within you to maintain this drive for health. It is when this precious resource falters, that acupuncture can provide a helping hand.
What happens during a treatment, and how long will it take?
A first consultation generally lasts one hour. During this time I will ask you questions about your symptoms and general health as well as carrying out a simple traditional Chinese tongue- and pulse-diagnosis.
Follow-up sessions last approximately 30-45 minutes. They may be at weekly, fortnightly or three-weekly intervals after the first treatment, by agreement and according to your specific needs. You and I will agree to review progress after five sessions.
Treatment sessions are conducted in a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere and in the strictest confidence.
Treatment is gently applied with fine needles inserted at precisely located points on the body. In general, I use 5-8 points during a treatment session. Many people have found that, in addition to treating symptoms, a course of acupuncture seems to have enabled them to 'reconnect' with themselves, with improvements in their quality of life.