An ancient therapy for a modern world

Chinese Medicine is the oldest, continually practised, professional and literate medicine in the world. The written literature for this medical system stretches back 2500 years, but its practice has been traced back far longer. Its effectiveness has stood the test of time. Current clinical trials consistently prove its effectiveness, so much so that western medicine has accepted it, and it is continuously recommended to become part of the NHS by NHS practitioners.

Holism is at the heart of Chinese Medicine. It views the body, the mind and the spirit as one. As your practitioner, I seek to get to the root of your disease or discomfort, rather than just treat your illness.

How it works

The theory behind acupuncture states that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body, at the surface as well as through the organs. These meridians carry our life energy or qi around your body. When the flow of qi is impaired, imbalances and ill health occur.

Many factors can block the proper circulation of qi; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet, overwork to name a few. Blocked energy can manifest itself as pain, but also for example, feelings of heat, cold and numbness. Once I have determined the underlying causes linking all your signs and symptoms, very fine needles are inserted to unblock the meridians and restore your natural balance.

Although modern research is ongoing, it shows that acupuncture can affect most of our bodies’ systems. For instance, it stimulates the nervous system, hormone outputs and immune system function. One of its best-documented effects is the stimulation of endorphin production to decrease pain threshold.