What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been around for a long time! It has been used as a method of treatment for over 2,000 years. It is part of the wider system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which also includes herbal medicine, diet, massage and qigong. From the perspective of Chinese Medicine all pain and illness (physical and mental) can be seen as a sign that the body has become out of balance. The intention of acupuncture treatment is to restore equilibrium and health.
During an acupuncture treatment, very fine sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points that are found on channels of energy running all over the body. Pain and poor health occur when the energy in these channels becomes blocked, and the needles help to move and regulate the flow of energy promoting healing.
Why choose acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture may have been developed over thousands of years, but it is incredibly well suited to the treatment of modern day maladies. As people live longer but in many ways more unhealthy lifestyles, more complex and chronic health conditions can tend to develop. Chinese medicine is ideally suited to the treatment of such conditions as patients are understood as a whole and complex beings; mental, emotional and physical health are not seen as separate, in fact the connection between them is seen as vital. An acupuncture treatment will be tailored exactly for your needs, there will be time to talk and reflect, and if needed you may also be given advice on how to make changes in your lifestyle that will support the treatment and help you stay healthy in the future.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can help patients with a very wide range of conditions. Jenny has successfully treated patients presenting with;
- Poor immunity
- Anxiety disorders
- Skin conditions
- Fertility Issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Autoimmune conditions
- Gynaecological conditions
- Headaches and Migraines
- Pregnancy related conditions (including birth preparation)
- Post natal issues
- Menopausal symptoms
- Post-cancer issues
- Musculoskeletal pain
Acupuncture can also be very helpful for people who are feeling run down, or not their usual selves. Perhaps they are in a difficult place in their lives, having issues with relationships, suffering after a bereavement, or at a crossroads unsure which way to turn. You do not need to have a pre-diagnosed condition to come for acupuncture.
Where is the research?
Much research has been done into acupuncture in recent years, if you are interested in reading more you can follow the link below to The British Acupuncture Council website.
I went to see Jenny after a challenging year in which I had a total hysterectomy and then a mastectomy with reconstruction. I hoped for help in coping with the hot flushes and night sweats that accompany a surgical menopause. Jenny successfully addressed these issues and then went on to help with the healing of my extensive post-op scarring and, just as importantly, boosting my energy levels so I could get back on with my life.Sally, 53