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Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine, which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world, and in the past decade traditional acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare in the UK. In conjunction with needling, the practitioner may use techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, massage, auricular or electro-acupuncture. They may also suggest dietary or lifestyle changes.
Traditional acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. The traditional acupuncturist's skill lies in identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment. The choice of acupuncture points will be specific to each patient's needs.
Traditional acupuncture can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general wellbeing.
An increasing weight of evidence from Western scientific research is demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating a wide variety of conditions. From a biomedical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of the body's communication substances - hormones and neurotransmitters. The resulting biochemical changes activate the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
Before Acupuncture Treatment
- Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows access to these areas
- Try not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal
Your First Consultation
£35 for initial consultation and treatments and £30 for subsequent treatments.
Lynda is trained in Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Acupuncture. To determine the type of Acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, Lynda will gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and general health. This may involve asking questions about current symptoms, lifestyle and medical history. You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but it all helps to form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Lynda will evaluate the strength, rhythm and quality of pulse on both wrists, examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.
Lynda will make a diagnosis and treatment plan then use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because the energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted into your feet or hands.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes very little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a deep, aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth. It is a unique feeling often described as a dull ache which triggers feelings of calmness and tranquility. Most people find it very relaxing and drift off to sleep during treatment.
Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after they've been placed. Another option is to apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
The initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about 40 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve six to 12 treatments, scheduled over a few months.
As well as needling acupuncture points, other techniques may be used such as:
- Moxibustion: Heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian to warm muscles and qi. It is also used to turn breeched babies.
- Cupping: To stimulate blood flow and clear tension. Cupping is incredibly relaxing and great for stressed-out, aching necks and shoulders.
- Ear Acupuncture: Stimulation of ear points regulates the central nervous system.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and feel calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired so should ideally give yourself time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting.
The British Acupuncture Council compiles and provides all the latest research and evidence-based facts on acupuncture. It currently has a list of different health conditions which acupuncture can treat including:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Back pain
- Bell’s palsy
- Cancer care
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Colds and flu
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Facial pain
- Female fertility
- Frozen shoulder
- Gastrointestinal tract disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Knee pain
- Male infertility
- Menopausal symptoms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Palliative care
- Parkinson's Disease
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Post-operative pain
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sports injuries
- Substance misuse
- Tennis Elbow
- Thyroid disease
- Urinary incontinence
For more information and fact-sheets please visit the British Acupuncture Council website: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/a-to-z-of-conditions
Acupuncture has a proven track record
There have been a number of recent national press stories highlighting the benefits of acupuncture. Here are just a few:
- Acupuncture scientifically proven to stimulate a natural pain killer: www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7785824/Acupuncture-does-work-as-it-stimulates-a-natural-pain-killer-scientists-find.html
- Acupuncture’s effect “isnt’ just psychological” www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8168134/Acupunctures-effect-isnt-just-psychological.html
- Acupuncture and lower back pain: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-405188/Why-acupuncture-better-pain-trip-GP.html www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1282678/Acupuncture-DOES-ease-pain.html www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-483772/Acupuncture-provides-twice-pain-relief-standard-medicine.html
- Acupuncture and Arthritis: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-413322/Acupuncture-ease-arthritis-months.html
- Acupuncture and hot flushes: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1363973/Acupuncture-new-weapon-cool-hot-flushes.html
- Acupuncture and ‘mystery illnesses’ www.telegraph.co.uk/health/alternativemedicine/8544735/Acupuncture-has-significant-impact-on-mystery-illnesses.html
- Get a happy tummy with acupuncture http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/images/stories/WF92_102.pdf
Facial Acupuncture is a totally natural, non-surgical facial that more people are turning to as a viable and highly acclaimed alternative to invasive injections, fillers and chemical treatments.
It involves placing tiny, painless acupuncture needles into various points on the face.
How does Facial Acupuncture work?
- Increased blood circulation encourages oxygenation, detox and lymph drainage.
- Improves skin tone and texture.
- Stimulates collagen to plump up the skin.
- Tightens muscles in the face and neck.
- Increases cell regeneration filling out and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
- Regulates and balances hormones – in acne-type, stress-related and menopausal skin.
Lynda's roots are in Traditional Acupuncture which heals and enhances the whole body. Facial Acupuncture is based on these theories so improved sleep, energy and digestion are common positive effects. You will look and feel better.