Acupuncture and treatment

Conditions

The range of conditions that acupuncture is traditionally used for is very wide and is reflected in this list published below. If you have a condition that you think I might be able to help you with, be it an emotional condition or internal condition, then do call and we can discuss more in person.

Many conditions do improve after a typical course of 6 treatments. It is important to remember that the effect may build up slowly at first, especially if the condition is long term, thus only becoming really noticeable after 4 or so sessions. However, I will always say if I think that the acupuncture approach is not working for you: circumstances are varied so acupuncture is not going to work for everyone, all of the time.

My professional body, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the leading body for acupuncture in the UK, publishes a list of "a-z of conditions" fact-sheets explaining the acupuncture approach to these conditions, with full scientific and research information.

A to Z of Conditions: Anxiety, Arrhythmias and Heart Failure, Asthma, Back pain, Cancer care, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, Dementia, Depression, Dysmenorrhoea, Eczema and Psoriasis, Endometriosis, Female fertility, Fibromyalgia, Frozen shoulder, Gastrointestinal tract disorders, Gout, Headache, Hypertension, Infertility ART, Insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Male infertility, Menopausal symptoms, Migraines, Nausea and vomiting, Neck pain, Neuropathic pain, Obesity, Obstetrics, Osteoarthritis, PCOS, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Premenstrual syndrome, Sciatica, Sports Injuries, Stress, Stroke, Tennis elbow, Tinnitus, Vertigo

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture: What is it?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. I may also use a smouldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points, and cupping therapy to ease muscular pain.

Acupuncture: What to expect?

Acupuncture aims to rebalance the body, naturally boosting vitality and easing any tension and anxiety. It lasts approximately 45 minutes in duration. I will first take a detailed medical history to better understand the condition that you are coming with, this is an important step, and expect to answer a variety of questions about both your physical and sometimes emotional condition.

Acupuncture: What does it treat?

An acupuncture practitioner treats lots of conditions, just like a GP might. My top treatments include acupuncture for back, neck and shoulder pain and acupuncture for fertility. I have a special interest in the treatment of the effect of bereavement: part of the wide spectrum of approaches of acupuncture for mental health including anxiety and depression. More information about conditions can be found here on my website.

Once your main complaint has been properly treated, I offer a special monthly treatment for keeping well. Overall my treatment aim to treat both symptoms and also the person themselves: to rebalance their energy, and ensure the person feels better in themselves: better from the inside out.

Acupuncture: Is it safe?

This is a traditional acupuncture treatment; the form of which is very similar to treatment that has been practiced for the last twenty centuries in the East, and whose structure is based on the world’s longest unbroken medical literary tradition.  It is an extremely safe technique, with very high standards of hygiene and training. Degree level training and continuing professional development ensure a professional approach.

Acupuncture: Does it work?

In a word: yes! There is growing scientific evidence for the validity of the acupuncture approach for and number of conditions. For more on that please see the individual condition fact-sheets above. The NHS publishes a good review of current practice here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/